Trojans Host NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization in an Exhibition Game|
Feb. 24, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The No. 21 Trojans fell 5-0 to Korean professional team NC Dinos in an exhibition game on Wednesday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans held the pro team to just one run, a solo home run by reigning Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) Player of the Year Eric Thames for the first five frames. The Dinos then scored four in the top of the sixth inning, in large part due to Thames’ second home run of the day, a three-run shot to dead center field.
Trojan starter Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) took the start on his birthday, throwing three innings of two-hit, one-run baseball. He also struck out three while walking none. Reliever Andrew Wright (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) threw two innings of scoreless baseball to keep the game close at 1-0 through the first five innings.
The Trojans threw a different lineup out in the exhibition match, giving players who have yet to see much time in the early goings of the season some at-bats. The Dinos held the Trojans hitless through the first 4.1 innings, although they had a few baserunners due to an error and walks. Brandon Perez (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Mater Dei HS) got the first hit of the day in the fifth inning for the Trojans. Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS), Turner Clouse (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS) and CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) also had hits on the day, with Stubbs’ the only one to go for extra bases with a ninth-inning pinch hit double.
Relievers Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Great Oak HS), Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./J Serra HS) and Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) also saw action, with Bates throwing two innings and Longrie and Dyrda going an inning apiece.
The Trojans are back to their regular-season action on Friday (Feb. 26), as they host Wake Forest at 6 p.m. PT.