No. 25 Trojans Win Wild One In 12-Innings, Defeating No. 6 TCU 7-6|
March 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES -USC's Timmy Robinson barreled home as Blake Lacey laid down the squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 12th inning to win a wild one in walk-off fashion 7-6 over No. 6 TCU on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Junior Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS)threw 6.1 solid innings against a strong TCU (8-2) squad, allowing just two unearned runs on six hits, while striking out three. He put the Trojans in line for the win, after the Trojans broke open a 2-2 tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans took advantage of errors by the Horned Frogs, as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) singled to start off the inning. Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) followed with a single of his own. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) laid down the sac bunt to advance the runner. With two down, the day was over for Horned Frog starter Mitchell Traver, who was solid, going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with seven walks. Against lefty reliever Ryan Burnett, David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) came through with a huge 2 RBI single to put the Trojans ahead 4-2. AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) then hit a towering home run to left field, off the netting to put the Trojans up 6-2.
The Horned Frogs were not going to go away easily, however, and they put up four runs in the top of the ninth against reliever Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS), as they were helped by some untimely errors by the Trojan defense.
The Trojans hung in there against reliever Teakell, who kept the Trojans off balance for three innings of relief. In the bottom of the 12th, however, the Trojans broke through. With one down, Robinson singled to left field to start the rally. He then stole second. Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS), who entered as a defensive replacement, singled up the middle for his first collegiate hit. With runners on the corners, Lacey laid down the squeeze bunt for a single, and Robinson came barreling down from third base, running over the catcher Evan Skoug as Teakell made a great throw from his knees to try to cut down the runner at first, but was too late, as Robinson was in safely.
The Trojans will host No. 1 Vanderbilt tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.