Stahel Home Run in the Tenth Inning Lifts the Trojans to Victory Over Washington 4-3|
March 29, 2015
SEATTLE, Wash. - Bobby Stahel picked an excellent time for his first collegiate home run, as the solo shot in the top of the tenth inning proved to be all the No. 8 Trojans needed as they defeated Washington 4-3 at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon to take the Pac-12 series.
Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) drilled the 0-1 offering from Spencer Jones over the fence in left field in the top of the tenth inning to put the Trojans (22-6, 4-2 Pac-12) ahead 4-3 in the back-and-forth rubber match of the series. The home run proved to be the eventual game-winner.
The Trojans were down early, as the Huskies (15-12, 2-7 Pac-12) took advantage of a leadoff infield single by Kyle London. Jack Meggs lays down the sac bunt to advance him to second and he is plated by a triple from Braden Bishop.
The Trojans evened the score up in the fourth inning, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a ground out. Aggressive baserunning for the Trojans the paid off, as Stubbs ran in the face of left fielder Kyle London on a single to shallow left field from Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), coming all the way around from second to score.
David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Calif./College of the Canyons) gave the Trojans the lead in the fifth inning as he hammered a solo home run to right field on the first pitch he saw in the inning from Husky starter Ryan Schmitten.
However, the lead was short-lived, as the Huskies tied the game back up in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Meggs singled and Bishop followed with a double to left field to tie the game back up, 2-2.
In the back-and-forth contest, the Huskies took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single from Joey Morgan in the sixth inning. Trojan starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) was able to strand two runners and get out of the inning without any further damage, but he would see the sixth be the final inning of his day.
Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) entered in relief in the bottom of the seventh and had a tough go of it. After getting one quick out, he walked Bishop and hit Berry to put two on with one down in a big spot. Junior Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered from the bullpen and was able to get a fly out and a ground out to get the Trojans out of the jam.
The Trojans tied things back up in the eighth inning, as Stubbs led things off with a double right down the right field line. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) laid down the sacrifice to advance him to third. Robinson came through with his second RBI on the day on a slow roller down the third baseline and Nyles Nyaard was unable to make the throw home to get Stubbs.
Kriske threw an excellent 2.2 innings in relief, allowing just two hits with one walk and one strikeout as he kept the Huskies off the board and kept the game close, allowing Stahel to come up in the top of the 10th inning and hammer his eventual game-winning home run.
Alex Chavarria (Coachella, Calif./Indio HS) entered in the bottom of the 10th inning and took care of business, stranding Levi Jordan at second after his one-out single to record two groundouts to end the game and collect his second save in as many days.
The Trojans are next in action on Thursday as they begin at Pac-12 series at the streaking Arizona Wildcats. First pitch set for 6 p.m. on April 3.