Trojans Take Care of Business, Defeat Holy Cross 5-2 to Take the Series|
March 12, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans took care of business on Sunday afternoon, locking in from the beginning to defeat Holy Cross 5-2 in the rubber match at Dedeaux Field, taking the series 2-1.
The Trojans (10-5) got a strong start from Marrick Crouse (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) who went five complete, allowing Holy Cross (2-10) just four hits, two runs (one earned) on four walks and six strikeouts. The bullpen behind him took care of the rest, as Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) went three scoreless, giving up just one hit with four strikeouts and one walk and Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) shut things down in the ninth, striking out two in a 1-2-3 affair for his third save overall, second save of the week.
Offensively the Trojans locked in from the first pitch, tacking on two runs in the first inning off Holy Cross starter Justin Finan. With one down Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) got things started with a single back up the middle, the first of two hits on the day for the freshman. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) singled to left, the first of his three hits on the day and a throwing error advanced Acosta to third and Rios to second. With two in scoring position Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) delivered a sac fly to plate the first run and Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) came through with a two-out hit to score a second run.
The Trojans added one in the third on a sacrifice lineout by Carrillo, pushing the lead to 3-0.
The Crusaders got on the board in the fifth inning, taking advantage of a fielding error by the Trojans to make a 3-1 game, but the Trojans answered right back, plating two more in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of a Crusader error to get in scoring position and after Nootbaar drew his second walk of the day, Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) came through with a big two-out hit to right field, plating two runs to extend the lead to 5-1.
A sac fly in the sixth got the Crusaders their second run, but the Trojans were able to hold on. Rios led the Trojans with three hits on the day, followed by Acosta, Carrillo and Perez who each had two hits apiece.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Loyola Marymount for a 6 p.m. PT game.