USC: Jeff Clement

Baseball: Oropesa's three-homer game goes to waste in loss

May, 29, 2010
USC first baseman Ricky Oropesa hit and hit and hit on Friday night against Washington, but it was to no avail.

Despite a record-breaking night from the sophomore slugger that included three home runs, 14 total bases and five RBIs, the floundering Trojans fell 9-7 to the visiting Huskies in the first game of a three-game weekend series.

USC (26-32, 5-20) took the lead in the first inning on a solo shot from Oropesa but quickly gave it up in the second when sophomore right-hander Ben Mount — making his final start of the season — struggled to get the third out of the inning. When Oropesa doubled to lead off the third, the Trojans trailed 3-1, but RBI singles from Cade Kreuter and Adam Landecker soon followed to tie the score.

Oropesa also hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to bring USC to within two runs at 7-5 and belted another two-run homer in the ninth to again bring the Trojans within two runs — this time at 9-7. But while Oropesa went 4 for 5 on the night, his teammates combined to go a lackluster 7 for 30 (.233).

Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif/Etiwanda) now has 19 homers on the season, putting him in a tie for seventh with Mark McGwire for most in a single-season in USC history. He is also tied for ninth on the all-time list with 32. His three-homer game also marked the first time the feat was accomplished since 2003, when former USC slugger (and current Pittsburgh Pirate) Jeff Clement did so in a game against Washington State.

The Trojans' winning percentage in Pac-10 play is now a dismal .200 as they return to Dedeaux Field on Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Washington.



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