March 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Senior Justin Howard went 3-for-4 and sophomore Rudy Jaramillo scattered five hits over eight innings as the Lobos defeated the USC Trojans, 3-2 at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, Calif. Howard hit his second double of the day and knocked in the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. The Lobos improve to 7-3 on the season. The Trojans fall to 4-5 on the season.
"I thought Rudy Jaramillo did a great job tonight," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "Rudy struggled a little at the beginning but made some adjustments and got after it. Justin Howard was a stud tonight. We were down but the Lobos compete and we don't let up."
Down 2-0 in the top of the eighth, senior Max Willet led off with a single. Howard singled threw the right side to advance Willett to second. All-America candidate Rafael Neda singled and drove in Willett from second making the score, 2-1. With the bases loaded senior Chris Juarez drew a one-out bases loaded walk to tie the score at 2-2.
In the top of the ninth senior Daniel Gonzalez led off with a single to centerfield. Howard got his second double of the day and scored Gonzalez from first making the score, 3-2.
Howard led the Lobos at the plate with two doubles and one RBI. Howard had three of the Lobos' eight total hits. Gonzales went 2-for-4 at the plate. Neda was 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Jaramillo gave up two runs on three hits in the first inning then gave up only three hits over the next seven innings. Jaramillo picked up his first win of the season and is now 1-1.
Closer Edwin Carl came on in the bottom of the ninth and retired the final three batters. Carl earned his first save of the season.
The Lobos face USC Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MT in game-two of the three-game series. For more information, visit www.GoLobos.com.