Baseball Loses Wild Game to USC
LOS ANGELES--Senior left/center fielder Jeremy Freitas broke a 12-12 tie with a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning off sophomore righthander Aldo Pinto, a converted infielder. USC added four more runs in the ninth inning and came from behind to defeat UCLA, 17-12 on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. USC took two of the three games from UCLA (14-6, 17-18, 17-12). The 48 runs USC scored in the series were the most it has ever scored in a three-game league series, breaking its old record of 40 set against Arizona in 1991.
Junior righthander Jack Krawczyk (2-1), the Pac-10's all-time saves leader, pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits to earn the victory for USC.
Freshman third baseman Garrett Atkins extended his hitting streak to 33 games with a third inning single. His hitting streak is the longest in UCLA history. The longest hitting streak in Pac-10 history is 37 games, held by three players. The hit was Atkins' 51st in league play this season, tying the school record originally set by current major leaguer Shane Mack in 1983.
USC stormed out to a 7-0 lead after one and a half innings. Senior second baseman Wes Rachels led off the game with a home run off senior righthander Matt Klein.
The Bruins scored 10 unanswered runs, two in the second inning and eight in the third inning to take a 10-7 lead. In the third inning, UCLA sent 14 men to the plate and scored eight runs on eight hits. UCLA collected six consecutive hits with one out in the inning. Four of the runs scored with two outs in the inning. Junior center fielder Eric Valent cleared the bases with a three-run double in the inning.
Senior righthander Tony Righetti allowed a run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Jeff DePippo. It was the only run Righetti would allow (4.1 innings, one run).
UCLA added two runs in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single by senior second baseman Nick Theodorou off Krawczyk, who had entered the game one batter earlier..
USC then scored nine unanswered runs. The Trojans tied the game up with four runs off freshman righthander Jon Brandt in the seventh inning. DePippo collected a two-run double. Freshman Seth Davidson added a sacrifice fly. Junior first baseman Robb Gorr followed with an RBI-single.
Freitas then hit his home run off Pinto in the eighth inning to give USC the lead for good.
USC added four insurance runs in the ninth inning, using two squeeze bunts, one by Freitas and one by junior right fielder Brad Ticehurst.
LINESCORE R H E USC 430 010 414 17 18 1 UCLA 028 002 000 12 16 1
USC: Lane, Jones (3), Saenz (4), Krawczyk (6), 2-1 and DePippo
UCLA: Klein, Righetti (2), Brandt (7), Pinto (7), 0-1, Roe (8), Reightley (9) and Green
USC: Rachels (1), a solo shot in the first, Freitas (12), a solo shot in the seventh
UCLA: Olson (9), a two-run shot in the second
Records: USC: 35-13, 19-8; UCLA 19-30, 11-19
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