Trojans Complete Sweep of Coppin State in Season Opening Series|
Feb. 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans completed the sweep of visiting Coppin State with a 9-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) led the way with a three-for-five day at the plate, including a three-run home run to break open the game in the sixth as part of a five run inning.
The Trojans (3-0) got off to a slow start, as Coppin State (0-3) got on the board first, scoring two in the first inning and one in the fourth inning, before the Trojans got the bat going.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans got on the board as Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./JSerra HS) and the Trojans converted some heads-up base running, as he came home from third on a wild pitch to get the Trojans on the board. In the fifth inning, Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) came through with an RBI double to pull the Trojans within one, 3-2.
The sixth inning was when things opened up for the Trojans, as they scored five runs to push their lead to 7-3. Along with Nootbaar’s three-run shot, his first of the year, the Trojans scored on a fielding error by the right-fielder thanks to heads-up base running, and an RBI single from Cris Perez (Miami, Fla./Duke/Columbus HS).
The Trojans added one more in the seventh on an RBI single from Austin Russ (Valencia, Calif./Hart HS). Then in the eighth they traded runs to make it a 9-4 game.
Starter Marrick Crouse (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) went six complete innings, his longest career outing. He gave up three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts to earn the win.
Left-hander Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra HS) threw two innings in relief, giving up one run, while Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Oak Hill HS) made his collegiate debut, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
The Trojans are off to a 3-0 start for the fourth time in six seasons.
The Trojans remain at home, hosting Long Beach State at 6 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Dedeaux Field.