Strong Offensive Showing Sparks 9-4 Trojan Victory Over Wake Forest in Game One of the Series |
Feb. 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES – No. 21 Trojans got the bats going on Friday night, tallying nine runs on 16 hits behind a strong start from Kyle Davis, defeating Wake Forest 9-4 at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (3-2) were led at the plate by a 4-for-6, 3 RBI performance from freshman Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), along with a 3-for-5, 2 RBI and 1 home run outing from junior Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS).
On the mound, starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) had another outstanding start, going seven complete innings while striking out six. He was relieved by Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) and Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS), who each threw one scoreless inning apiece.
The Trojans wasted no time jumping on top of the Demon Deacons (4-1), scoring two runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons came back in the fifth inning however, taking advantage of a Trojan throwing error to put four runs on the board with three hits.
With the score 5-4, the Trojans answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs, one coming home on an error by the shortstop and another on a David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) single.
The Trojans tacked on one more run in the seventh on Martinez’s first home run of the season and another in the eighth by virtue of a Nootbaar single to make the score 9-4.
Overall, eighth different Trojans had at least one hit, while five had one RBI or more. All that came with the Trojans leaving 15 men on base in the game.
The Trojans and Demon Deacons will be back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT for game two of the series.