Trojans Hammer No. 12 California 18-5 to Even Series at 1-1|
March 19, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans blasted No. 12 California with a season-high 18 runs on 18 hits, as the 18-5 victory tied the series at 1-1 on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (8-9, 1-1 Pac-12) were led at the plate by Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), who had a career 4-for-4 day at the plate, with 4 RBI, including a two-run home run for his team-leading fourth big fly of the season. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) also had an outstanding day at the plate, tying his career-high of four hits with a 4-for-5 day with three RBI and two runs scored. AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) rounded out the offensive leaders with a 3-for-5, 3 RBI performance.
Overall, six different Trojans had multi-hit outings, while seven different Trojans had at least one hit.
Making his first collegiate start, Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) was strong, settling in after giving up a two-out, three-run home run in the first inning to the Golden Bears’ Brett Cumberland to not allow another run, going five-complete innings of five-hit baseball with four strikeouts and two walks to earn the win.
Reliever Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) threw a solid 1-2-3 sixth inning, giving way to freshman Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./Serra HS), who went two innings in his collegiate debut, giving up just one run on two hits with one strikeout and three walks. Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) finished things off in the ninth for the Trojans.
After being down 3-0 in the bottom of the first, the Trojans answered right back to tie the game and never looked back, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, the most they have scored in one frame all season to push the lead to 10-7, chasing Cal (11-5, 1-1 Pac-12) starter Ryan Mason who allowed seven runs (four earned) in 1.1 innings of work.
The Trojans added on five more on five hits in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the seventh to push the lead to 18-4. A solo home run by the Bears’ Brenden Farney made the score 18-5 in the top of the ninth.
The rubber match of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT on Saturday at Dedeaux Field.