Robinson Delivers Walk-Off Heroics as the No. 12 Trojans Defeat North Dakota 7-6|
Feb. 21, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The No. 12 Trojans salvaged the weekend as they took the series finale from visiting North Dakota in walk-off 7-6 fashion on Sunday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) picked an outstanding time for his first hit of the season, coming through with two down and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) at second to score the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.
In another back-and-forth contest with the Fighting Hawks (2-1), the Trojans were down 1-0 during their first at bats of the day, as North Dakota scored in the top half of the first inning.
The Trojans answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, as freshman first baseman Dillon Paulson (San Marcos, Calif./Rancho Santa Fe Christian HS) delivered the RBI single.
The Trojans tacked on another run in the bottom of the second inning, as Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) led off the inning with a single, a wild pitch advanced him to second, a fly out advanced him to third and freshman Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) came through with his team-high third RBI of the weekend to put the Trojans up 2-1.
In the third inning the Trojans seemingly broke things open, as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) tripled to lead off the inning and then Paulson followed with an RBI double for the first of three Trojan runs in the inning. Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) added a groundout RBI and Rios singled home a run to make it 5-2 Trojans.
Trojan starter Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) hit a snag in the fifth inning, and after three Fighting Hawk runs came home. He was lifted with two on and two down in favor of reliever Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS), who got a fielder’s choice groundout to end the inning.
The final line for starter Flores who got the no-decision was 4.2 innings, four runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
With the score 5-4, the Fighting Hawks added to more runs in the top of the sixth against reliever Wegman to take the lead back, 6-5.
The Trojans chipped away, however, adding one more run in the bottom of the seventh as Martinez, who led off the inning with a single and made his way to third on an error by the second baseman, made a gutsy move to come home on a wild pitch that went to the backstop, getting in under the tag of the pitcher to tie things up, 6-6.
Reliever Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) threw well, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings, while striking out four to keep the Trojans in the game.
Closer Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) put up a zero in the top of the ninth, eventually getting the win as the Trojans got the walk-off in the bottom half of the inning.
Ramirez led off the top of the ninth with a single and Paulson sacrificed him over to second base.
However, after Carrillo flied out, the Trojans had one more out before potential extras with Robinson at the plate. He delivered the walk-off double to right center field to bring home Ramirez on his first hit of the season.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 23 as they travel to Loyola Marymount for a 6 p.m. PT game.