The USC baseball team delivered in the ninth inning, tallying seven runs on seven hits to come from behind to defeat crosstown rival UCLA 7-4 on April 26, sweeping the Pac-12 series for the first time since 2005.
The Trojans have now won nine straight games and have swept two straight conference series.
USC trailed 4-0 through the first eight innings, as the Bruins held the Trojans to just four hits. However, in the top of the ninth, the Trojans got their bats going against Bruin reliever Nick Kern and never looked back, touching up three different Bruin pitchers for seven runs on seven hits to take the 7-4 lead.
Blake Lacey led off the inning with a single to start the Trojan rally, followed by singles from Omar Cotto Lozada and pinch hitter Turner Clouse to load the bases. Reggie Southall drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Trojans their first run. A single to Kevin Swick and a walk for Garrett Stubbs pulled the Trojans within one. Hot-hitting Jake Hernandez singled to left field to make it 5-4. Lacey then came up to drive in two more insurance runs
Trojan closer Kyle Davis, who entered in the seventh inning, cleaned up in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the side in order to record the 7-4 win. Pitcher Bob Wheatley started the game for the Trojans.
USC will return to Dedeaux Field to host UC Irvine on Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. They travel to Washington State for a three-game Pac-12 series starting Friday, May 2.
More stories about: Baseball