Trojans Fall in Heartbreaking 10-Inning Contest at No. 11 TCU, 12-11|
March 12, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Trojans were three outs away from completing a come-from-behind 10 inning victory, but struggled to find the strike zone in the bottom of the 10th, allowing the game-winning run to score on a bases-loaded walk as No. 11 TCU took game two of the series 12-11 at Lupton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans (6-7) were down 10-5 heading into the eighth inning before batting around to score five runs to tie the game 10-10. The Trojans then added what looked to be the game-winning run in the top of the 10th, before struggling on the mound in the bottom half of the inning to find the zone to TCU (12-2) hitters.
The Trojans tallied season highs in runs and hits as they showed a never-say-die attitude to fight back from five runs down in the sixth inning to tie things in the eighth.
Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) broke out in a big way with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring himself while drawing one walk. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) wasn’t far behind with a 3-for-4, one RBI, one run scored day of his own.
Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) and Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) were the other two Trojans with multi-hit outings, with two hits apiece. Overall 11 different Trojans had a hit on the day.
The game started much like last night’s game – a back-and-forth affair. The Trojans answered a first-inning TCU run with a two-run top of the second, only to have the Horned Frogs plate the game-tying run in the bottom half of the inning. The Trojans took a 5-2 lead in the fourth, only to have the Horned Frogs answer with three of their own in the bottom half.
A five-run bottom of the sixth for TCU could have been the nail in the coffin for the Trojans, but they battled back in the eighth to score five runs on six hits of their own to tie the game 10-10.
Then in the 10th inning, the Trojans got a huge RBI double from AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) who shook off his 0-for day at the plate to come through with arguably the biggest hit of the day to push the Trojans ahead 11-10.
However, Trojan reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS), who had already thrown flawless eighth and ninth innings, stumbled to start the inning, giving up a leadoff double to Evan Skoug. He then struggled to find the strike zone, hampered by a lingering ankle injury, walking the next two batters to load the bases, before being visited by head coach Dan Hubbs and athletic trainer Paul Diaz. Kriske came out of the game, replaced by Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS). The game-tying run came home on a sac fly by Barzilli. Wegman then intentionally walked Hesse to set up the double play. However, with the bases loaded he also struggled to find the zone, walking Steinhagen 3-1 to bring home the game-winning run.
The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. CT tomorrow at Lupton Stadium.