- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
With both teams coming into the game with identical 12-3 records, the matchup Tuesday night between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Dodgertown Classic was thought to be a good indicator of where both teams were at before the official start of Pac-12 play.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the results were not what they were hoping for as the Bruins ended up with a 7-2 win in front of 6,034 at Dodger Stadium.
The Trojans actually got the first score of the game when they took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. USC shortstop James Roberts opened the inning with a double, was sacrificed to third base and then driven home on a single by left fielder Garrett Stubbs.
The Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning with a pair of runs that were helped by a passed ball and a throwing error by the Trojans.
USC had a scoring opportunity in the fifth inning with two runners on and only one out but were unable to score. UCLA second baseman Kevin Williams opened the fifth inning with a solo home run to make the score 3-1 and that was the end of the night for USC pitcher Brandon Garcia (1-2). Relief pitcher Bobby Wheatley came in and gave up three hits in a row which pushed across another run to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Bruins.
The Trojans had an opportunity to get back in the game in the sixth inning with two runners on base but they weren’t able to score. The Bruins got another run in the seventh inning and then two more in the eighth to finish their scoring, USC scored one last run in the ninth inning to complete the final 7-2 score.
Roberts went 3-for-3 for the Trojans – he was also hit by a pitch -- and scored both USC runs.
USC (12-4) will face Utah at Dedeaux Field on Friday night to open Pac-12 play.
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