No. 22 USC Hangs On, Defeats Oklahoma 5-4 |
March 4, 2016
LOS ANGELES- The No. 22 Trojans hung on, getting a big final out from reliever Brad Wegman to defeat Oklahoma 5-4 on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (6-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but were unable to hold on, as the Sooners (4-6) tied things up with one in the third and another two in the fifth. The Trojans took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth, but the back-and-forth contest continued as the Sooners pulled within one in the eighth and had bases loaded, one out in the ninth, before Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) entered and got a 5-4-3 double play on one pitch to save the game.
AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) led the way at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, driving in two runs. The eventual game-winning run was driven in by Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), who delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Trojan starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) earned his second win in as many games, throwing 6.0 complete innings, allowing just three runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out six.
The Trojans then pieced things together with the pen, as Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) went one inning of one-run baseball, Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) threw two-thirds of an inning and Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) threw one-third of an inning to get the Trojans to the ninth and closer Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS). Huberman got a quick out before walking the bases loaded. Wegman then entered and threw one pitch to Sooner Kyle Mendenhall, who hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.
The save is the first of Wegman’s career.
The Trojans are back in action for game two of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic as they host No. 22 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. PT tomorrow (Saturday) at Dedeaux Field.