Trojans Drop Contest to USD 8-3|
March 3, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans dropped a Friday night contest to the University of San Diego, 8-3 at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (6-3) outhit the Toreros (5-2) 9-8, but were unable to come up with the big hit, stranding 12 base runners on the day.
On the mound, the Trojans succumbed to too many free passes, walking nine batters and hitting two others. Starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits with six strikeouts and seven walks. He left in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and two out. Freshman reliever Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS) has been outstanding on the season, but was not himself tonight, giving up two runs on two hits without recording an out, all in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Bright spots included freshman reliever Connor Lunn (Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS), who threw 3.1 scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout.
The Trojans kept things close at 3-2 through the first four frames, plating a run in the bottom of the first on an Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) sac fly to follow the Toreros’ two runs in the top of the first and adding a second run in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) after they added one in the top of the second.
The Trojans added another run in the eighth on a heads-up play by John Thomas (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), as he took second on a hit to left that was bobbled by the left fielder. That allowed Acosta to drive in his second run of the day with an RBI single. Acosta had a hand in all three runs, driving in two and scoring the third. He led the team with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Catcher Kaleb Murphy (Apple Valley, Calif./Excelsior Charter HS) also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The Trojans will regroup and host Michigan at 6 p.m. PT tomorrow night at Dedeaux Field.