No. 8 USC's Comeback Effort Not Enough, Fall 14-7 To Visiting Fresno State|
March 17, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 8 USC Trojans drop a midweek contest to visiting Fresno State 14-7 on Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The game showcased a lot of offense, but the Trojans (17-4) found themselves in an 8-2 hole after 3 and a half innings and were unable to climb out. The team tallied seven runs on 12 hits, while the Bulldogs (11-11) scored 14 runs on 17 hits. Each team had one home run, as AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) teed off on his team-leading fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull the Trojans within four, 8-4. The Bulldogs' Taylor Ward connected on his fourth home run, a three-run shot in the top half of the fourth inning to put the team up 8-2.
The Trojans originally got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) single up the middle. However, the Bulldogs got to Trojan starter Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS), touching him up for five runs in the top of the third inning, chasing him after 2.2 innings of work. The freshman took the loss, the first decision of his career.
The Trojans were not going to go down without a fight, and tacked on one run in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh to pull within three, 10-7. However, the Bulldogs added four more runs in the top of the eighth to push their lead beyond reach at 14-7.
Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) continued his hot hitting, but Ramirez led the Trojans with an outstanding 4-for-5 day at the plate with three RBI and a home run to break out of his slump.
The Trojans will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Cal Poly for a three-game set in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The first game is set for 6 p.m. PT.