Trojans Outduel Stanford with 1-0 Victory in Game One of Series|
April 1, 2016
STANFORD, Calif. -- Trojan starter Joe Navilhon had a career-high seven strikeouts as three Trojan pitchers combined for a shutout, while David Oppenheim delivers the game-winning RBI single as the Trojans took game one of the series at Sunken Diamond, 1-0 on Friday evening.
Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) was outstanding in his third collegiate start, striking out a career-high seven batters, while shutting out the Cardinal (12-8, 2-2 Pac-12), only allowing three hits through six innings. He gave way to Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), who threw 1.2 innings of no-hit baseball, walking one and striking out two. Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered with two down and a 2-0 count to Cardinal third baseman Mikey Diekroeger in the eighth inning, getting a pop out in foul territory to end the inning. He then retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for his fourth save of the year.
Navilhon outdueled Cardinal starter Tristan Beck, who held the Trojans to just three hits in 7.1 innings of work. The freshman struck out eight while walking just two, but allowed an RBI single to Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference. Navilhon improved to 2-2 with the win, while Beck took the loss to fall to 4-2 on the season.
The Trojans manufactured the only run of the game in the sixth inning. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) laid down the sac bunt to advance Rios to second. Oppenheim then went first-pitch swinging, bringing home Rios from second to give the Trojans the 1-0 lead.
The Trojans and Cardinal have a quick turnaround as they will be back at Sunken Diamond for game two of the series at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday (April 2). The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks Los Angeles and Bay Area.