With the win the Trojans beat the Huskies for the second straight time and improved to 8-6 in the Pac-10 and 18-20 overall, while the Huskies dropped to 2-9 and 11-25.
USC took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Garret Houts got hit by a pitch and Ricky Oropesa drove a 1-1 pitch from starter Aaron West (1-7) just over the wall in center field for his sixth home run of the season.
The Huskies got four straight hits in the bottom of the first to score two runs and tie the game. Brendan Gardner-Young led off with an infield single. Brian Wolfe singled to put Huskies on at first and second. Jacob Lamb drove in Gardner-Young with a single to center and Troy Scott doubled to right to score Lamb. The Huskies had a chance to score more against Trojan starter Austin Wood (4-5), but Wolfe got thrown out trying for third on Lamb's single.
USC regained the lead at 3-2 in the top of the third when James Roberts doubled and scored on a one out squeeze by Houts.
The Trojans then made it 5-2 in the fourth when Matt Foat doubled home Alex Sherrod and scored on a single by Adam Landecker. In the fifth, an error by shortstop Ty Afenir opened the door for the Trojans to score three more runs and make it 8-2. Foat drove in two with a bases loaded single while Brandon Garcia plated the third with another single.
It looked like the score would remain 8-2 in the top of the seventh when Husky reliever Zach Wright retired Foat and Garcia on groundouts, but then he hit Landecker and Roberts with pitches to put two Trojans on base. Roundtree then made him pay with his first home run over the season, well over the wall in right field, to make it 11-2.
Given that the Huskies only averaged an anemic 3.9 runs per game entering the contest, the game seemed well out of hand, and yet in the bottom of the seventh, their bats suddenly came alive as they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs.
With one out Afenir walked. Gardner-Young hit a pop fly off the glove of shortstop Roberts in shallow center field that got scored a hit. Wolfe singled to right to load the bases. Brad Douthit entered the game in relief of Wood and walked Lamb to force home Afenir to make it 11-3. Scott grounded a single to right to score Gardner-Young. A fielder's choice groundout by Eric Peterson scored Wolfe for 11-5. BK Santy lined a two run single to left and Chase Anselment capped the outburst with a two run homer, his second of the season, over the wall in right center to make it 11-9.
The Trojans got a valuable insurance run in the eighth to make it 12-9 when Oropesa walked, got balked to second by Ben Guidos, advanced to third on a sacrifice, and scored on a fly ball to left by Sherrod.
Ben Mount pitched two and a thirds innings of perfect relief, retiring all seven Huskies he faced, to earn his second save of the season. Wood got the win despite a less than quality start, giving up five runs on 11 hits and one walk in six and one thirds innings. He struck out two.
For the Huskies, West suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.
The two teams return to Husky Ballpark on Saturday at noon with the Huskies looking to salvage the final game of the series.
USC 12, Washington 9
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