May 1, 2010
FINAL BOX SCORE (PDF)
LOS ANGELES – The No. 19 Arizona baseball team dropped its second straight game to USC, 7-5 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead, but the Trojans quickly returned the favor with six unanswered runs over the next three frames to take a 6-2 lead through four innings of play. The Wildcats chipped away with three runs in the seventh, but ultimately USC and its six two-out RBI were too much to overcome on the day.
Ben Mount picked up the win for the Trojans, tossing 6.0 innings in which he scattered seven hits and allowed four runs – two earned. Kyle Simon suffered the loss as he allowed six runs – only two earned – on nine hits.
The Wildcats were staked to a two-run lead in the top of the second due in part to a lead off walk to Steve Selsky and a pair of balks by Mount. With Selsky on second base following the first balk, Robert Refsnyder singled to left field put runners on the corners. Cole Frenzel singled home Selsky for the first run as Refsnyder moved to third. Refsnyder scored later on the second balk.
Trailing 2-0, USC answered with four runs in the home half of the second inning. Alex Sherrod singled to lead off and moved up safely to second on a fielder’s choice hit by Cade Kreuter, who was robbed of a hit by shortstop Alex Mejia. But after a diving stop, Mejia was unable to make a clean throw to Refsnyder at second base and both runners were safe on the play.
A pair of groundouts moved the runners and brought home Sherrod to put the Trojans on the board. An RBI double by Ashton Kent and an RBI triple by Alex Glenn gave the Trojans a lead. They added a fourth run when Mike O’Neill reached on a slow infield hit to first base. All four runs in the inning were unearned.
UA’s run in the first inning ended a 28-inning scoring drought at Dedeaux Field following two shutouts in 2008 and Friday night’s 6-0 loss for the Wildcats.
Sherrod lifted a solo home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the third, and a pair of two out hits in fourth, including an RBI single by Landecker, extended USC’s lead to 6-2.
The Wildcats rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh. Joey Rickard delivered an RBI single to plate a run, and Jett Bandy later added a two-run single to put the Wildcats within a run at 6-5.
But in the bottom of the eighth, the Trojans got a two-out single by Krueter and an RBI double down the right field line by Kevin Roundtree, pushing the score to 7-5. The run was USC’s sixth two-out RBI of the day.
Ryan Cabral and Brandon Garcia worked the ninth inning for the Trojans, with Garcia earning the save.
The teams will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.