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USC Evens Series at Cal Poly At a Game Apiece Following 13-0 Victory

USC Evens Series at Cal Poly At a Game Apiece Following 13-0 Victory

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – A 15-hit offensive attack and a combined four-hit shutout enabled No. 8 Southern California to even its baseball series against Cal Poly at a game apiece with a 13-0 victory Saturday night before 1,471 in Baggett Stadium.

Designated hitter David Oppenheim drove in four runs and third baseman Blake Lacey knocked in three, each with a pair of hits, as the visiting Trojans improved to 18-5 for the season.

Cal Poly, which did not get a runner to second base until the final two innings, fell to 7-12.

USC led 2-0 after five innings, thanks to a two-run single up the middle by Lacey in the fourth, before the Trojans broke the game open with four runs in the sixth and seven more in the eighth.

Oppenheim singled in a pair of runs in the sixth and USC parlayed a leadoff walk and seven consecutive one-out hits into seven runs in the eighth. Oppenheim and first baseman Jeremy Martinez each knocked in two runs with singles.

Southpaw Kyle Twomey (4-1) earned the win with six scoreless innings on the mound, allowing two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Alex Chavarria, Jeff Paschke and Brad Wegman each tossed one scoreless frame in relief for the Trojans.

The loss went to Mustang freshman left-hander Kyle Smith (1-4) as he surrendered five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings with four walks and four strikeouts. 

Cal Poly's only scoring threats of the game came in the final two innings.

Two walks put Mustang runners at first and second with one out in the eighth. Both runners advanced on a balk with two outs, but junior shortstop Peter Van Gansen flied out to center field to end the threat.

Junior first baseman Brian Mundell led off the ninth with a double down the right-field line and took third on a foul pop-up behind first base, but a strikeout and another foul pop-up ended the game.

In addition to Mundell's double, Cal Poly's four hits included singles by Van Gansen, senior outfielder Zack Zehner and sophomore second baseman Alec Smith. Zehner (pictured above) also made a first-inning catch while crashing into the left-field wall.

USC left fielder Bobby Stahel singled three times and five other Trojans collected a pair of hits as USC outhit Cal Poly 15-4.

Cal Poly has been shut out five times this season, including four at home. The Mustangs, who have had just one under-.500 season in Baggett Stadium's 15-year history -- going 15-17 in 2010 -- are 4-7 so far on its home turf this year.

Rubber game of the series – Cal Poly won Friday's opener 5-4 – will be played Sunday at 1 o'clock with Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Justin Calomeni (1-2, 3.63 ERA) to face USC freshman right-hander Mitch Hart (4-0, 2.35 ERA).