Eight-run fifth inning sends USC past TCU

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Southern California scored eight runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 9-3 victory over TCU in nonconference baseball on Friday night.

The Trojans (17-28) had six singles, drew a walk, an intentional walk and a hit batter in the inning.

TCU starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan (0-7) surrendered four runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

TCU had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and fifth and scored its final run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-3.

The Horned Frogs scored a run in the second when Derek Odell singled to cap a 12-pitch at-bat, moved to second on a walk by Kevin Cron and scored on a single by Keaton Jones.

Kyle Bacak beat out a potential double play ball to third, keeping the inning alive for Jones.

Boomer White had a run-scoring single for TCU in the fifth. Jones lined a single up the middle. The Frogs put on the hit-and-run, and Keaton Jones advanced to second on Cody Jones’ ground ball. White followed with his two-out hit.

The Trojans’ victory evened the series 1-1 after the Frogs had taken the opener 5-4 on Thursday night.

USC sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth 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 by a Finnegan pitch on the leg to drive in the first run.

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 of the frame.

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

Doubles by Kevin Swick and Adam Landecker pushed the lead by USC back to six runs, 9-3. lead, 9-3.

TCU falls to 22-24 on the season. The Horned Frogs will attempt to get the series win on Saturday afternoon, 2 p.m. Central. Andrew Mitchell will be TCU’s starting pitcher.

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