No. 8 Trojans Unable To Hold Onto Lead, Fall 5-4 At Cal Poly In Game One Of Series|
March 20, 2015
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The No. 8 USC Trojans had a 2-0 lead, but an untimely error led to a big five-run sixth inning for Cal Poly and the Trojans were unable to come back, ultimately falling 5-4 at Baggett Field on Friday evening.
The Trojans (17-5) got on the board first, as Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) singled to lead off the top of the first inning and a bunt single from Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) to put two on with nobody out. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) flies out to center and Stahel advances to third, allowing Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) delivers the sac fly to plate Stahel and give the Trojans the 1-0 lead.
That 1-0 lead held until the top of the sixth, as a double by Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) doubled down the left field line with David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Calif./College of the Canyons) at first to plate the junior and give the Trojans the 2-0 lead.
However, the Mustangs (7-11)answered in a big way in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking advantage of a fielding error by Lacey with two outs, and that extended the inning and allowed four unearned runs to eventually come home, along with one earned run on a Jordan Ellis sac fly that got the Mustangs on the board originally. Starter Tyler Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College), who was cruising through the first five innings, was pulled with two down after the error for Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS). Huberman allowed a walk and two singles that brought home two more Mustang runs. Overall the Mustangs hit around in the inning and had four hits as they took a 5-2 lead.
The Trojans answered with two of their own in the top of the seventh inning to pull within one run. Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) singled to lead off the inning and Stahel drew a walk. That would be the end to Mustang starter Casey Bloomquist's night, as he was relieved by righty Danny Zandona. Zandona recorded one out and then Martinez flied out and Southall advanced to third. Robinson launched a triple off the wall in right centerfield, plating two to put the score at 5-4.
Zandona shut down the Trojans through the final two frames, retiring the side in order twice and striking out four straight at one point.
The Trojans will regroup and look to even the series on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT at Baggett Field.