Trojans Fall in Saturday Contest to Michigan 4-1 |
March 4, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team dropped a close Saturday evening game to visiting Michigan 4-1 at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (6-4) were unable to get the offense going until the sixth inning, when Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) cranked a solo home run, breaking Michigan starter Ryan Nutof’s no-hit bit through 5.1 innings. After that the Trojans just managed three more hits, stranding seven runners in the game.
Michigan (8-3) starter Nutof earned the win to advance to 1-0 in the year, while reliever Jackson Lamb earned his second save of the year.
Trojan starter Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) worked out of jams early, stranding two Wolverines in the first before allowing just one run in the second and two in the third. In the sixth inning he looked to be getting out of a jam, getting two foul pop ups following a leadoff triple before Johnny Slater won a good battle with a bloop single to right field to plate the fourth run of the day. He finished his 5.2 innings of work with four runs (three earned), two walks and three strikeouts on eight hits to fall to 1-1 on the year.
The bright spot once again for the Trojans was the bullpen, as Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Oak Hills HS) threw two scoreless innings, not allowing a hit and striking out one as he faced the minimum. Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) put up a zero in the ninth, striking out the side to offset one hit.
Designated hitter David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) had two of the Trojans’ four hits on the day, while Carrillo’s long ball was another and Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) was 1-for-3 with one walk.
The Trojans will regoup as a huge matchup against crosstown rival UCLA looms at Dodger Stadium at 3 p.m. PT tomorrow (Sunday). The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks, but tickets can still be found at http://m.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/special-events/college-baseball-classic?partnerId=ed-11212787-972670313 or purchased at the gate.