No. 8 USC Wins Wild 10-9 Contest to Sweep Arizona on the Road|
April 4, 2015
TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 8 USC Trojans win a wild back-and-forth 10-9 contest over Arizona at Hi Corbett Field on Saturday afternoon to complete the series sweep in Tucson for the first time since 2001.
The Trojans (25-6, 7-2 Pac-12) showed their never-say-die attitude against the Wildcats (2-9, 7-5 Pac-12), coming back from a 5-1 deficit to win 10-9 with the go-ahead run coming on an infield single from David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) in the top of the ninth inning.
The Trojans collected 15 hits in the game, and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) and Oppenheim each drove in two runs apiece in the victory.
The Trojans got on the board first in the top of the first on a sac fly from Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), but the Wildcats came roaring back, taking a 2-1 lead with two in the bottom of the second and a three-run home run from Bobby Dalbec in the bottom of the third pushed the Wildcats ahead 5-1 and saw starter Mitch Hart's (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) day end.
The Trojans answered quickly, putting up a seven spot in the top of the fourth inning for the second-straight day to take an 8-5 lead and get starter Hart off the hook.
In the back-and-forth fashion of the day, however, the Wildcats added one in the bottom of the fourth and although the Trojans added one in the top of the fifth, the Wildcats answered two in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game going into the top of the ninth.
Against Wildcat reliever Bobby Dalbec in his second inning of work, Robinson led off the inning with a walk. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) laid down the sac bunt to advance Robinson to second. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) then grounded out to first base to advance Robinson to third, but was the second out of the inning. Oppenheim then hit the 1-1 pitch, a slow grounder to shortstop that Kevin Newman tried to make the bare-hand pick and throw, but the ball rolled under his hand and the infield single plated the eventual game-winning run.
Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) threw a solid two innings of relief and was able to strand two Wildcats in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win, his fifth of the season.
The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday, as they host UC Santa Barbara at 6 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.