Southern Cal tops Georgia 9-5

LOS ANGELES - The USC Trojans used a six-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh to hand 20th-ranked Georgia a 9-5 defeat Friday, the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs.

Down 5-3, the Trojans (9-8) scored six runs on two hits and one Bulldog miscue to take the lead and even the series. The Bulldogs (7-1) were not sharp, issuing a season-high 10 walks, hit a pair of batters in the contest and made a couple of errors.

Georgia starter Brooks Brown allowed three runs on four hits with six walks and six strikeouts through the first five frames. When he left, the Bulldogs held a 4-3 advantage. Freshman Ben Jeffers held the lead for one inning before running in to trouble in the nightmarish seventh when he was lifted in favor of freshman Nick DeSilvio and then freshman Trevor Holder . Blake Sharpe led off with a base hit as the Trojans eventually batted around. A bases-loaded fielder's choice got the first run home and USC tied the contest on an error by second baseman Jonathan Wyatt. After a walk to load the bases, USC took the lead on a sacrifice fly by catcher Johnny Bowden. Then, after another walk loaded the bases, Matt Cusick was hit by a pitch to make it 7-5. The scoring was capped by a two-run single by Sharpe for a 9-5 lead.

Trojan reliever David Parrow benefited from the big frame to pick up his first win while Jeffers got the loss to fall 0-1. Jeffers allowed three runs on two hits with two walks, a hit batter and a strikeout in one inning. Parrow pitched 1.1 scoreless innings while John Dunn tossed two scoreless to preserve the victory.

"We have to play our best game Saturday to win the series," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We didn't play well today, we walked too many, hit a few batters, made a cou;ple errors and never got the big hit for a big inning. We scratched for a few runs but let the home team hang in around and then they got the big inning."

"Brooks (Brown) walked four of the first five leadoff hitters in his five innings and that hurt our tempo," Perno added. "However to Brooks' credit, he battled for around 100 pitches but eventually USC turned a couple of those walks in to runs. Ultimately, we didn't perform well enough to win. We got to leave this here tonight and try to finish this roadtrip up by playing a solid game Saturday."

Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wyatt singled, too third on a hit and run by Joey Side and a sacrifice fly by Josh Morris. In the fourth, Georgia went up 3-0 on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Gordan Beckham and a fielder's choice by Kyle Keen. USC got one run back in the fourth on an RBI-double by Lucas Duda. Georgia responded by getting a run in the fifth on fielder's choice groundout on a close play at first when Matt Robbins was ruled safe. USC coach Mike Gillespie came out to argue the call and was ultimately ejected from the contest. The Trojans responded by scoring two runs in the fifth on an RBI-double by Matt Cusick and a run-scoring single by Kyle Hankerd to close the gap to 4-3. Georgia got one back in the sixth on a two-out, run-scoring single by Morris. The 5-3 lead held until the seventh.

The rubber game of the series concludes Saturday with first pitch slated for 4 p.m.

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