All-Around Team Effort Propels Trojans to 3-2 Victory in 10 Innings at Fresno State|
Feb. 24, 2015
FRESNO, Calif. - USC baseball continues winning ways in team-first fashion, as Jeremy Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 10th inning to propel the Trojans to a 3-2 victory at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday evening.
In his first start of the season, junior right-hander Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) kept the Bulldog (3-5) batters off-balance all night, tallying a career-high 10 strikeouts in five complete innings of work. He held the Bulldogs to just one run on three strikeouts.
The Trojans (9-0) got on the board first in the top of the third inning. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) continued his hot-hitting, reaching with a single. Martinez then added a bunt single to put two on with nobody out. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) put down a sac bunt to advance the Trojans 90 feet to second and third base. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) came through with an RBI single, followed by an RBI infield single from Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS).
The Bulldogs took one run back in the bottom of the third off a walk and a triple to make the score 2-1.
A solo home run in the sixth inning by pinch hitter Taylor Tempel off Trojan reliever Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) tied the game up.
The Trojans, who left 16 men on base in the game, were eventually able to break through in the top of the 10th inning. David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) was the catalyst in the inning, starting off the inning with a single against Bulldog right-hander Jake Shull, who had shut down the Trojan offense the previous inning. Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) drew a walk, and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) laid down the sac bunt to advance the runners to second and third. With two out after an AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) pop up in foul territory, the Bulldogs chose to intentionally walk the hot-hitting Stubbs to get to Martinez. Martinez drew a walk with the bases loaded for the-go ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered for a 1-2-3 inning for his second save of the year.
The Trojan pitching staff collected a season-high 16 strikeouts.
The Trojans are back in action at Dedeaux Field on Friday, Feb. 27 as they host Fordham at 6 p.m. PT.