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USC Baseball: Freshman Pitcher Stephen Tarpley Beats No. 19 Oregon State

The USC Trojans won’t go away easily this baseball season, as the Trojans won a key series with the 19th ranked Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, with a 6-2 win at Dedeaux. Kevin Roundtree and Adam Landecker led the Trojans in the batters’ box, with the duo combining for five RBIs, but the story was on the mound, where Stephen Tarpley led the Trojans with another solid outing to run his record to 5-1.

Tarpley threw seven and a third innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out five and giving up just one free pass. It’s safe to say that the Trojans have been solid on Sundays, as Tarpley’s ERA now drops to a team-best 2.64 in 61 innings. Next year, without Andrew Triggs serving as the Trojans’ ace, Tarpley could take on a bigger role for USC, anchoring the rotation.

After the game, manager Frank Cruz spoke about the win and Tarpley:

“This was a big win for our team. We have had some hard times this season, but we came out ready to battle this weekend. Tarpley was a prime example of that today. He bounced back after a tough first inning and pitched like the fierce competitor he is. I’m happy with how our guys approached this series and I think it does a lot for us going forward.” (USCTrojans.com)

The Trojans are now 22-17, but just 7-10 in the Pac-12 Conference. They’ll travel down the 5 on Tuesday to play rival Cal State Fullerton, before hosting the Washington Huskies next weekend at Dedeaux.

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