Martinez Home Run Lifts No. 8 Trojans Over Visiting Pepperdine 5-2|
March 24, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 8 USC Trojans took care of business on Tuesday, dispatching of the Pepperdine Waves 5-2 at Dedeaux Field.
Despite stranding 11 runners on base, the Trojans were able to push across five runs on 14 hits to solidify the midweek victory. Sophomore catcher Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) delivered his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth inning to break open the game.
In his first collegiate start, Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) went five solid innings of two-hit baseball, allowing just one hit while striking out four and walking two en route to the win.
The Trojans got on the board first in the second inning, as Blanchard walked Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) with the bases loaded to bring home the a run.
The 1-0 lead held until top of the fourth inning, when Hutton Moyer drew a leadoff walk and then stole second, allowing a single up the middle from Brad Anderson to plate the tying run.
In the fifth inning, the Trojans broke the game open with three runs off reliever Jayson Balades, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) singled to right field. Martinez then homered to left field to put the Trojans up 3-1. With the bases loaded, the Waves (11-15) bring in reliever Kiko Garcia who allowed a sac fly to Joe Corrigan (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake HS) to push the Trojan lead to 4-1.
The Waves added a run in the sixth off reliever Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) who allowed a solo home run to Anderson to put the Trojan lead at two, 4-2.
The Trojans added one more run in the eighth, as the Trojans took advantage of a fielding error to extend the inning, allowing Martinez to single to left field for his third RBI of the day.
Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered to take care of business in the ninth inning for his third save of the year.
The Trojans head back out on the road this weekend, traveling to Washington for a three-game Pac-12 series starting on Friday at 5 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.