The 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team saw its five-game road winning streak snapped, as USC scored six runs in the sixth inning en route to an 8-4 victory on Saturday.
May 19, 2012
USC 8, Arizona 4 (Box Score)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team saw its five-game road winning streak snapped, as Southern California benefitted from a six-run sixth inning en route to an 8-4 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
USC (23-26, 8-18 Pac-12) snapped a nine-game losing streak by scoring two runs without a hit in the third inning, then tallied their only seven hits of the game all in the six-run sixth. The opportunistic Trojans were 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while the Wildcats went 3-for-10 and left 11 runners on base.
Arizona starter Konner Wade held the Trojans hitless over the first five innings and carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth, but was unable to avoid the decisive sixth inning. USC sent 11 men to the plate in the frame, collecting six hits of Wade and another off reliever Tyler Crawford as it scored six runs to claim an 8-3 lead.
Despite a brief rally in the ninth inning, the Trojan pitching staff kept the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way. Starter Andrew Triggs (5-6) earned this victory as he tossed seven complete innings, allowed three earned runs and gave up nine hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Relievers Brad Douthit and Martin Viramontes combined to pitch the final two innings out of the bullpen. Each collected a pair of strikeouts and gave up a hit, while Viramontes surrendered some ninth-inning base runners but never allowed the tying run to come to the plate.
USC loaded the bases and scored the game's first runs without a hit in the third inning. With one down, Wade walked a batter, hit one and walked another. He then hit James Roberts with a pitch to force in a run, and Alex Sherrod followed with a sacrifice fly to give USC a 2-0 lead.
Arizona (35-16, 17-9 Pac-12) clawed back and took the lead in their next trip to the plate. With one down and runners at the corners, Trent Gilbert lined a single to right field to drive in Bobby Brown. Joseph Maggi followed with his first triple of the season down the right field line to drive in a pair of runs and give UA the 3-2 edge.
That was all the offense the Wildcats could muster, and Wade was unable to escape the sixth inning. Wade (7-2) suffered just his second loss of the season in 5.1 innings of work. He was charged with eight earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The two teams conclude the three-game series on Sunday. First pitch of the rubber match is scheduled for 1 p.m. PDT at Dedeaux Field.