No. 21 USC Defeats Wake Forest 2-1 to Take the Series |
Feb. 28, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The No. 21 Trojans scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning and never looked back, shutting the door on Wake Forest to take the rubber match and the series, 2-1 at Dedeaux Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Trojans (4-3) got a strong start from Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran), who went six complete innings, allowing the potent Wake Forest (5-2) offense just one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking just two.
The Demon Deacons got on the board first in the top of the second inning, as Ben Breazeale delivered the RBI single.
The Trojans continued to fight, getting at least one base runner in the third through eighth innings.
The Trojans tied the game up in fifth inning, as Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) delivered a two-out RBI single to drive in AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) who led off the inning with a single.
In the eighth inning the Trojans manufactured the go-ahead run against reliever Chris Farish, who entered to replace Demon Deacon starter Drew Loepprich. With one out, David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) drew a walk. The speedy Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) entered as a pinch runner. He immediately stole second and then advanced to third on a groundout from
Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS). With the go-ahead run on third and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) at the plate, he made the heads-up play to come home from third on a wild pitch that made it back to the backstop. Robinson then delivered a single that would have scored Southall anyway, but the damage was done as the Trojans took the 2-1 lead.
Closer Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered in the ninth, taking over for reliever Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) who threw two shutout innings in relief. Huberman collected his first save of the year in the victory.
The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday, March 1 as they travel to Long Beach State for a 6 p.m. PT midweek contest.