No. 3-ranked TCU rallied from four runs down in the top of the ninth inning to tie, but No. 23 Southern Cal pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 12th as the Trojans picked up a 7-6 victory Friday night in the opener of the Dodgertown Classic.
Timmy Robinson singled in the 12th for USC, stole second, and went to third on an infield single by Angelo Armenta. Robinson then scored on a bunt down the first-base line by Blake Lacey to win it for the Trojans (13-1).
TCU (8-2) had its chances. The Frogs threatened in the 11th after Elliott Barzilli singled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He went to third on a groundout, but Kyle Davis struck out Derek Odell to end the inning.
The Trojans appeared to have the game in hand after scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. After David Oppenheim delivered a two-run two-out single, AJ Ramirez followed with a two-run blast to left to put the Trojans up 5-1.
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TCU starter Mitchell Traver gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Traver struck out seven and walked one before leaving the game with runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. But reliever Ryan Burnett couldn’t get the Frogs out of the inning, giving up three consecutive hits, including Oppenheim’s single and the home run to Ramirez.
TCU threatened in the seventh with three consecutive singles, including an RBI single to center by Barzilli. USC got out of the inning and tacked on a run of their own in the seventh for a 6-2 lead.
In the ninth inning, Cody Jones had a two-run single off Davis and the Frogs took advantage of two errors to tie the game and send it to extra innings.