Strong Hitting And Pitching Leads Trojans To 9-4 Victory Over No. 17 UC Santa Barbara|
March 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojan offense came alive, thanks in part to a two-home run day from Timmy Robinson to salvage the weekend, defeating No. 17 UC Santa Barbara 9-5 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (11-11) blasted nine runs on 14 hits, led by Robinson’s first-career two home run day, tying his career-high RBI total of five. Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS) had a career-high 3-for-4 day at the plate, coming around to score twice. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) had a 2 RBI day, while AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) and David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) each drove in one run apiece.
Trojan starter Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) was outstanding on the mound, earning his first Division I win in his longest collegiate outing of his career, 6.1 innings of work. He held the Gauchos (18-4) to just four runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking just one.
The Gauchos manufactured a run in the first inning, keying off leadoff hitter Andrew Calica’s double. Calica led the way for the Gauchos, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
The Gauchos added another run in the top of the third, but the Trojans broke things open in the bottom of the fourth, as Edson laid down the squeeze bunt for a hit and Robinson delivered the three-run home run to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
The Trojans added one in the fourth and Robinson’s second home run of the day, this time a solo shot in the fifth made it a 6-2 USC lead.
In the sixth the Trojans broke the game open further, as Martinez delivered a two-run double off Gaucho reliever Alex Garcia to make the score 8-2 Trojans. Robinson then connected on a sac fly for his fifth RBI of the day, giving the Trojans the 9-2 lead.
The Gauchos added two in the seventh and one in the ninth, but Trojan relievers Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) and Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) were able to finish what Navilhon started, holding onto a 9-4 win.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday, as they host Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.