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USC Baseball records dramatic 12-11 victory over Santa Clara

IRVINE, California. – The USC baseball team erased a six-point deficit in a wild back-and-forth against Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon, earning a 12-11 non-conference victory at Great Park.

The Trojans scored twice in the eighth, getting the winning run on a squeeze bunt Dean Carpentier. USC moves to 19-20 with the win, while Santa Clara drops to 18-17.

USC trailed by six points in the third and trailed by as many as five in the seventh, but scored seven points in their final two frames to take the come-from-behind victory. The Trojans recorded 17 hits on the season, with seven players recording multi-hit games. Ethan Hedges and Carpentier each had four RBI days.

After the Broncos scored six runs in the third, USC trailed 7-1, but the Trojans rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jacob Galloway and Carpentier each had RBI singles, and Hedges had a two-run double to make it 7-5. After three more Santa Clara runs, the Broncos took a 10-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh. This time the Trojans scored five points to tie the score. Hedges and Carpentier each had two-run doubles in the inning, and Abbri Covarrubias brought in the tying run on a grounder to second base.

USC still had work to do, however, with the Broncos scoring on a sacrifice fly to make it 11-10 in the eighth. Ryan Jackson led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and then scored on a grounder to second base, beating the throw to home. Carpentier was next and with Hedges on third base, he laid down a sacrifice bunt to the right side to score the winning run.

Jos Blum pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the victory, striking out one and getting a groundout to second base to end it. Mason Edwards also had a key relief appearance for USC, pitching 2.2 innings and giving up only one unearned run. Brodie Purcell took the win as a pitcher of record in the eighth.

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USC closes the weekend against Sacramento State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Links to follow all games can be found on the baseball schedule page at USCTrojans.com.