Trojans Drop Game Two of the Series to Arizona State 7-0|
March 25, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans were unable to get the offense going, as the Sun Devils took advantage of defensive miscues in a five-run fifth inning to take game two of the series 7-0 on Saturday evening at Dedeaux Field.
For the first time all year the Trojans (13-8, 3-2 Pac-12) were held scoreless, as they did not manage a hit until Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) broke through after 3.1 no-hit innings. Sun Devil (10-11, 1-4 Pac-12) starter Chaz Montoya, in his first collegiate start, kept the Trojans off-balanced, allowing just two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Reliever Eder Erives took care of the rest, collecting his first save of the year as he closed out the game 3.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts of his own. The Trojans did have their share of base runners, however, stranding eight runners on the day. They were also unable to take advantage of the Sun Devils’ four errors on the day.
On the mound for the Trojans starter Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year as he allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings on seven hits, but he was victim of two Trojan miscues and only the first run of the day he allowed was an earned run. The run allowed in the third and all five of the runs in the fifth inning were unearned. He struck out four and walked one on the day.
Trojan reliever CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) was a bright spot for the Trojans on the day, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief, holding the Sun Devils to just five hits, and he did not allow a free pass with one strikeout on the day.
Offensively the Sun Devils tallied their seven runs on 12 hits, led by designated hitter Tyler Williams who was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs on the day. Centerfielder Ander Shaps, first baseman Lyle Lin and third baseman Taylor Lane each had two hits on the day.
The Trojans and Sun Devils will be back in action on Sunday for the rubber match with a 2 p.m. PT first pitch at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.