No. 8 Trojans Fall 5-1 In Game One Of Series At Washington|
March 27, 2015
SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 8 USC baseball team took an early 1-0 lead, but were unable to hold on, as the host Washington Huskies scored five unanswered runs to defeat the Trojans 5-1 in game one of the series at Husky Ballpark on Friday evening.
The Trojans (20-6, 2-2 Pac-12) were held to just one run for the first time all year by the Huskies (15-10, 2-5 Pac-12). The Trojans tallied six hits and stranded six base runners.
In the top of the first inning the Trojans had a chance to jump on the Huskies early, as they had runners on the corners with nobody out. However, Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) was caught in a rundown trying to steal for the first out and then a double play ended the potentially big inning.
The Trojans got on the board in the third inning, as AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) laid down the sac bunt and then Ramirez came home on an RBI single from Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS).
The Huskies answered with an RBI double by Braden Bishop in the bottom of the third, and then took the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth as the run came home on an error by the Trojan shortstop Southall.
Trojan starter Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) didn't have his sharpest stuff in the start and the Huskies broke things open in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shortstop Chris Baker hit a first-pitch home run to left field to plate three runs and give the Huskies the 5-1 lead. Trojan reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered in relief with one out and a runner on third and was able to get two outs without any further damage.
The Trojans were unable to generate any further offense as Husky relievers Brandon Choate and Troy Rallings put up zeros in the final three frames.
The Trojans will look to even the series in game two, set for 2 p.m. PT at Husky Ballpark tomorrow (Saturday).