Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Drops USC, 10-5
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 27, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            LOS ANGELES ?- Junior Konrad Schmidt hit a three-run double and senior Brad Boyer a two-run homer as the Arizona baseball team scored five runs in the second inning in a 10-5 win over USC at Dedeaux Field on Friday.


            The victory, Arizona’s third straight, improved the Wildcats to 25-28 on the year and to 10-12 in the Pac-10. USC, which lost for the eighth straight time, dropped to 25-31 overall and to 11-11 in the conference.


            Trailing 1-0 after USC pulled ahead on a RBI-double by Baron Frost in the bottom of the first, the Wildcats loaded the bases with two outs for No. 9 hitter Schmidt. The Wildcat backstop laced Ian Kennedy’s 2-0 offering to left field for a three-run double to hand UA the lead.


Boyer then rewarded Schmidt with a trip home in the next at-bat and extended Arizona’s advantage to 5-0, after connecting for his second home run of the season over the right field fence.


            USC, which stranded 13 runners on base on the night, fought back with a pair of runs in the third to cut UA’s edge to 5-3 and threatened in both the fourth and fifth innings but couldn’t put together the key hit to pull even or ahead. The Torjans left two on in the fourth and the bases loaded in the fifth.


USC made it a one-run game at 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh when UA center fielder T.J. Steele misplayed Darin Vieira’s single hit into a two base error and pinch hitter Josh Fogel drove him home with a sacrifice fly.


However, Steele redeemed himself in the top of the eighth with a RBI single to score Brad Glenn, and added another run on a base hit by Boyer two batters later to push Arizona’s advantage back to three at 7-4.


            USC scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, but Arizona tacked on three more in the top of the ninth to win going away.


            Offensively Boyer and Glenn led Arizona’s 12-hit attack, with each player finishing 3 for 5 on the night. Boyer tallied three RBI and a run scored, and Glenn added two runs in the win. David Plante chipped in with a pair of hits and two runs driven in, and Schmidt’s double in the second gave him a career-high three RBI. Junior Jason Donald, who went 1 for 4 on the night, extended his hitting streak to 24 straight games with a single in the second.


            UA’s Matt Baugh (2-1), who worked out of the bases-loaded jam in the fifth, picked up his second win of the year with two innings of relief of starter Preston Guilmet. Baugh gave up an unearned run on four hits and finished with one strikeout and no walks.


            Closer Daniel Schlereth picked up his team-leading sixth save of the year after limiting the Trojans to one unearned run over the final 2 1/3 innings. He surrendered just one hit and finished with two Ks and a pair of walks.


            USC’s Kennedy (5-7) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four.


            Arizona and USC will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on the radio in Tucson on 1290 AM.

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