Big Seventh Inning Lifts No. 8 Trojans Over Arizona 4-1|
April 2, 2015
TUCSON, Ariz. - A triple by Dante Flores keyed a three-run seventh inning for the Trojans, breaking open the tie ballgame and pitcher Brooks Kriske took care of the rest, defeating Arizona 4-1 at Hi Corbett Field on Thursday evening.
The win is the first time the Trojans (23-6, 5-2 Pac-12) have won in Tucson since 2009 and the first win at Hi Corbett Field.
The Trojans got on the board in the top of the first, as Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) leads off the inning with a single up the middle. Then with the hit-and-run on, Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) singled to put runners on the corners for Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), who hit into a double play with nobody out, but Stahel came home from third to put the Trojans on the board.
Trojan starter Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) was able to keep the hot-hitting Wildcats off the board until the bottom of the third, when Scott Kingery connected on his third home run of the year, a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field to tie the game, 1-1.
Wheatley was able to work out of jam after jam, until the bottom of the sixth inning, when he was pulled with two on and two down and a 2-0 count to the dangerous Kingery in favor of reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS). Kingery tallied an infield single to load the bases, but Kriske got Kevin Newman to fly out to right field to end the Wildcat threat.
The Trojans got to Wildcat starter Cody Hamlin in the top of the seventh inning, as Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) singled to left field to start the inning. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) then delivered a triple off the wall in deep center field and Robinson scored easily to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) then goes first-pitch swinging and a hit back up the middle makes the game 3-1 Trojans. The inning continues, and with the bases loaded against the second reliever of the inning, right-hander Nathan Bannister and one out, Stahel hits into a fielder's choice and brings the third run of the inning home from third, pushing the Trojan lead to 4-1.
Kriske was lights out for the Trojans, retiring 10 of 12 batters in 3.1 innings of work, to collect his second win of the year.
Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. on Friday at Hi Corbett Field.