Trojans Take Down Crosstown Rival UCLA 4-3 in Extras at Dodger Stadium|
March 5, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- A three RBI performance by Lars Nootbaar, and stellar pitching from relievers Chris Clarke and Solomon Bates was the difference as the Trojans completed a come-from-behind 4-3, 10 inning victory over crosstown rival UCLA at Dodger Stadium in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
The Trojans (7-4) tallied three runs in the six inning on a two-run triple to right field by Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) and an RBI single from Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS), all with two outs in the sixth inning, tying the ball game up.
Nootbaar then delivered the eventual game-winning RBI in the 10th inning with two outs, driving in John Thomas (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), who reached on an error by the pitcher. On the night the sophomore was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Trojans went down early, as starter Marrick Crouse (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) went 3.1 innings, scattering three runs (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts, but struggled with four walks. Freshman reliever Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS) entered with runners on the corners and just one out and was able to put up minimize the damage, only allowing on sac fly to make it a 3-0 UCLA lead. From there on the freshman was outstanding, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and striking out a career-high five en route to his first collegiate win. Sophomore Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Oak Hills HS) entered and shut the door for the Trojans, striking out one in a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th inning for his first collegiate save.
Bruin (5-5) starter Jon Olsen, who kept the Trojans off-balance for the first five innings, struck out nine batters, but was touched up for three runs on three hits in the sixth inning and earned the no-decision. Today's extra-inning game marks the second-straight season that this game in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic has gone 10 innings. In 2016 the Trojans fell 5-3 in 14 innings.
The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday, March. 7 as they travel to San Diego State for a 6 p.m. PT.