Trojans Suffer First Loss of the Season in Series Opener at Wake Forest|
Feb. 24, 2017
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Trojans dropped their first game of the season in the series opener at Wake Forest 15-5 on Friday afternoon.
The Trojans (4-1) only managed five runs on 11 hits in the loss. They were led at the plate by Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS), who went three-for-four with two RBIs on the day. Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) and Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./JSerra HS) both had two hits, with Carrillo tallying a triple and a double and Shockey knocking two doubles and one RBI. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) drove in the other two runs on the day with his first home run of the year, a two-run blast in the fifth inning.
Trojan starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) was not his usual self today, and that started a long day on the mound for the Trojan pitching staff. Hart was touched up for nine runs on nine hits with an uncharacteristic six walks and six strikeouts in just 3.2 innings of work. Relievers Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Oak Hills HS) and Chris Clarke (Westlake, Calif./Newbury Park HS) combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, each holding the Demon Deacons (3-3) to just one hit. Bates threw 1.1 innings with one strikeout and two walks and Clarke threw a scoreless sixth inning. The Demon Deacons then touched up Brock Larson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./USF) for six runs on three hits in the final two frames. He also tallied two strikeouts.
Overall the Demon Deacons saw their 15 runs come on 14 hits, along with six home runs. First baseman Gavin Sheets had three home runs in the game and tied a Wake Forest single game record with nine RBIs.
Demon Deacon starter Parker Dunshee threw 5.2 innings in the victory, allowing four runs on nine hits with just one walk and nine strikeouts.
The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday, looking to even up the series at 4 p.m. ET at David F. Couch Ballpark.