Trojans Jump on Holy Cross 6-3 in Game One of Series|
March 10, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans battled back to defeat Holy Cross 6-3 on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field. After the Crusaders (1-9) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through four innings, the Trojans (9-4) tallied five unanswered runs, including a three-run sixth inning to break open the game.
The Trojans' six runs came on 12 hits, led by a 3-for-3, 2 RBI day at the plate by Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS). Junior Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) was 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs, including a solo home run in the sixth inning with two outs that tied the game at 3-3. Sophomore Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) tallied two more hits on the day, while freshman Christian Moya (Diamond Bar, Calif./South Hills HS) had a breakout game, going 2-for-4 while driving in two runs.
After Holy Cross touched up starter Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS) for two runs in the first inning, the Trojans answered with a run in the second off a sac fly by B. Perez. Clarke put up zeroes in the second and third innings before the Crusaders added one more in the fourth inning. He finished his first career start going 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits with just two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts in the no-decision.
The Trojans added one more run in the fourth inning on a sac fly by Carrillo to pull within one, 3-2.
Then with two outs and runners on the corners in the fifth inning, left-handed reliever Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra HS) was brought in to get out the left-handed hitting Cloney for the Crusaders. He did just that, retiring the next five batters before surrendering his first only walk of the day. He went 2.1 innings, not allowing a hit with just one walk and three strikeouts, facing just one batter over the minimum in his second win of the year.
The Trojans broke the game open in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Carrillo tied the ballgame at three with his third home run of the year. Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) followed with a double to left field, his first extra-base hit of his career. The Crusaders then went to the pen for Declan Cronin, and B. Perez followed with a single back up the middle to plate Acosta, the go-ahead run. Catcher Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) followed with a single of his own to put two on. Moya then picked a good spot for his first collegiate hit, singling to left field to plate a third run, making it a 5-3 ballgame.
The Trojans added one more run in the eighth inning, as Moya once again delivered an RBI single, this time back up the middle to plate B. Perez from second who reached on a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) completed a two-inning save for his first of the year and his career, facing one batter over the minimum.
Crusader starter Phil Reese took the loss, going 5.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with one walk to fall to 0-3 on the year.
The Crusader offense tallied its three runs on 11 hits.
The Trojans and Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field for game two of the series.