Trojans Take Advantage of ASU Defensive Miscues, Take Game One 5-4 in 11 Innings|
March 24, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans finally broke through against the Sun Devils in the 11th inning, bringing home the game-winning run on a fielding error by the Sun Devil third baseman to take game one of the series on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field, 5-4.
The Trojans (13-7, 3-1 Pac-12) tallied their five runs on 14 hits on the day, while holding the Sun Devils (9-11, 0-4 Pac-12) to just four runs on nine hits.
The Trojan offense got going in the second inning as Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a sac fly from Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) brought home the first run of the day.
The Sun Devils answered with a run of their own in the top of the third on a Gage Canning RBI groundout.
The Trojan offense answered right back in the bottom of the third however, with Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) and Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) each delivering RBIs.
However, with a 3-1 lead the Sun Devils added runs in the fifth and six, with the Sun Devils taking advantage of Trojan errors in each inning.
With a 3-3 ballgame, one on with two outs, starter Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS) was pulled for Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra HS), who got a strikeout to end the inning.
Clarke went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in the no-decision.
The Trojans plated the fourth run in the bottom of the sixth, as pinch hitter Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./JSerra HS) came through with a single up the middle to give the Trojans the lead, 4-3.
The Sun Devils however were not going down easily, and with Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) on the mound, the Trojans got a bit unlucky, with a runner on first and two outs, Andrew Shaps stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Then Carter Aldrete came through with a two-out, two-strike single to plate the game-tying run.
The Trojans had opportunities to plate the game-winning run down the stretch, stranding 13 total runners on the day, but the Trojans eventually came through in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, the Trojans took advantage of two errors in the inning, including an error with two outs and the bases loaded on a ball hit by B. Perez to the third baseman, who booted the ball, allowing the game-winning run to come home.
Dydra earned his second win of the year in the game, while reliever Connor Higgins took the loss to fall to 0-1.
The Trojans and Sun Devils are back for game two of the series at 7 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. It will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.