Trojans Open Season with Doubleheader Sweep of Coppin State|
Feb. 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team started off the 2017 season with a double header sweep of visiting Coppin State at Dedeaux Field on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Trojans (2-0), picked up in 2017 right where they left off in 2016, with the bats on fire, as they tallied 22 runs on 20 hits, defeating the Eagles (0-2) 22-2 in the season opener. The final game of the 2016 season was a 31-9 victory over Arizona State.
The Trojans put up 12 runs in the second inning, the most since they scored 10 in the first inning against Arizona in 2009.
David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) led the way with six RBIs on four hits for the day, including his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot in the third inning. He also had a double and two singles on the day.
Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), Kaleb Murphy (Apple Valley, Calif./Excelsior Charter HS), Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) and Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) each drove in three runs on the day.
On the mound, Trojan ace Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) looked strong, going six innings of one-hit ball, tallying a career-high nine strikeouts. He threw five innings of no-hit baseball in the start. Freshman Connor Lunn (Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) threw the final three innings in his collegiate debut.
The Trojans followed suit in game two, as Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) got the ball.
The game was closer through the first few frames, as the Eagles tied things up in the top of the second after the Trojans got on the board in the first. The Trojans answered back, however, adding two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Trojans added runs in the fourth and sixth to pull away to an eventual 6-2 lead.
Wegman threw six complete innings, allowing only one run on five hits, while tying his career high in strikeouts with five.
The Trojans got their six runs on just eight hits, led by Cris Perez (Miami, Fla./Duke/Christopher Columbus HS), who went three-for-three with two RBIs in his USC start. Nootbaar drove in two more runs in the game to bring his total to five on the day, while freshman Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./Serra HS) also had two hits.
The Trojans will be back in action on Sunday, as they go for the series sweep over the Eagles at 1 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.