The Arizona baseball team won its fifth Pac-12 road series of the season, as it clinched the series against USC with a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
May 20, 2012
Arizona 6, USC 1 (Box Score)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team captured its fifth Pac-12 road series victory of the season as it defeated Southern California, 6-1, in the rubber game of a three-game set on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Arizona (36-16, 18-9) won for the sixth time in the last seven games - all on the road. It marks the first time since 2005 that the school has won all of its conference road series.
The Wildcats will go into their final regular season series next weekend alone in second place in the Pac-12 standings and within one game of first-place Oregon. The Ducks finish on the road at Oregon State, while Arizona plays host to Arizona State beginning on Friday.
Wildcat starter James Farris improved to 6-3 on the season as he allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander scattered six hits, walked one and struck out three on the day.
USC (23-27, 8-19 Pac-12) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree hit just the second home run of the season off Farris, a leadoff solo shot to right field.
The Wildcats tied the game in their next at-bats. Robert Refsnyder drew a walk, and Seth Mejias-Brean and Joseph Maggi collected singles in the second inning. Refsnyder scored the run on a passed ball.
Arizona plated four runs in the third with the aide of two Trojan errors. Joey Rickard and Johnny Field led off with singles before Alex Mejia reached on an errant throw on his bunt attempt. One down later, Mejias-Brean drew a bases-loaded walk to push across Rickard with the go-ahead run.
Bobby Brown followed with a two-run single to right field that knocked in Field and Mejia. One out later, Mejias-Brean scored when Maggi's grounder was booted by second baseman Andres Rodriguez, and the Wildcats had a 5-1 lead.
Arizona added an insurance run against the Trojan bullpen in the seventh inning. Brandon Garcia, who moved from designated hitter onto the mound, hit a batter and walked two to load the bases before he was replaced by Matt Munson. Munson gave up a bases-loaded RBI single to Refsnyder, but otherwise got a line-drive double play and a groundout to limit the damage and keep the score 6-1.
The Wildcats worked themselves out of a couple bases-loaded jams, too.
After setting down 10 in a row, Farris worked himself in and out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth. Garcia led off the bottom of the fifth with a double down the right field line and Kevin Swick was hit by a pitch. Two outs later, Farris' first walk of the game loaded the bases, but he was able to skirt trouble with an inning-ending groundout off the bat of James Roberts.
Farris gave up a pair of singles in the seventh inning and was lifted with one down. Mathew Troupe came in to record a strikeout, a single and a groundout as the Trojans left the bases loaded for the second time in the game.
Troupe closed out the game with 2.2 shutout innings. The right-hander, who tossed five shutout innings in his first career start last Wednesday at Arizona State, scattered three hits and struck out three today in relief. He did not issue a walk.
USC starter Stephen Tarpley (L, 5-3) pitched six innings and was charged for five runs - two earned - on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Arizona concludes its regular season next weekend (May 25-27) against Arizona State at Hi Corbett Field. The three-game Pac-12 series begins on Friday night at 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field and will feature a post-game fireworks show.