USC hands TCU baseball 9-3 loss, evens series

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    An eight-run fifth inning was all USC needed to erase TCU's 2-0 lead and bring the Trojans into a series tie with a 9-3 win. 

    Brandon Finnegan surrendered four runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked three, struck out three and hit a batter. Justin Scharf was touched for a trio of runs on three hits. Travis Evans was touched for an unearned run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Stefan Crichton allowed a run on two hits in three innings of work. He struck out two.

    Odell battled through a 12-pitch at-bat before coming up with a lead-off single in the second. Kevin Cron worked a one-out walk to put two on. Kyle Bacak beat out a potential double play ball to third, keeping the inning alive for Keaton Jones. The sophomore delivered with a base hit to right, giving TCU a 1-0 lead.

    TCU tacked on another two-out run in the fifth inning to open up a 2-0 lead. Keaton Jones lined a single up the middle. The Frogs stayed out of double play on a grounder off Cody Jones. Boomer White followed with another single up the middle to drive in Jones for the second run of the game.

    USC sent 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to open up an 8-2 lead. Garrett Swick started the inning with a base hit to left. Three batters later, the bases were loaded with only one out. Dante Flores was hit on the leg to drive in the first run of the inning. Four straight hits and a sacrifice drove in six more runs and USC had a 7-2 lead. An error kept the inning alive and the Trojans made it count as they added the eighth run.

    The Frogs collected their third two-out run of the game in the seventh to close the gap to 8-3. Keaton Jones drew a one-out walk and Boomer White smoked an opposite field triple to drive in Jones.

    A pair of doubles by Kevin Swick and Adam Landecker helped the Trojans restore the six-run lead, 9-3.

    TCU fell to 22-24 on the season with the loss. First pitch at Dedeaux Field is set for 2 p.m. (CST). Andrew Mitchell will start at pitching for the Frogs.