Missed Opportunities the Story as the Trojans Drop the Rubber Match at Stanford 8-1|
April 3, 2016
STANFORD, Calif. – The Trojans got on the board first in the top of the second, but Stanford continued their hot-hitting ways, tallying eight unanswered runs to defeat USC 8-1 on Sunday afternoon, taking the series 2-1.
The story for the Trojans (12-14, 3-3 Pac-12) was missed opportunities, as they were awarded 11 free passes on the day, six by hit-by-pitch and five via walk, but only one came around to score. The Trojans were also neutralized as the Cardinal (14-8, 4-2 Pac-12) turned five double plays.
The Trojans got on the board first, as a ground out by Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) plated Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), who reached on a walk, advanced to second on a Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) single and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
That was all the Trojans would get however, despite having base runners in every inning and drawing five walks and being hit-by-the-pitch six times.
The Cardinal scored eight unanswered runs, with three coming on five hits off starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS). The Trojans’ ace went four innings in his first start since being out of the rotation last week with a sore arm.
The turning point in the game came in the bottom of the fourth, when Davis had two outs and the Cardinal had a runner at second. Stanford designated hitter Brandon Wulff singled back up the middle and Trojan center fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) came up throwing, firing a perfect strike to Martinez who appeared to catch the ball right up against the runner Winaker for the final out. However, the home plate umpire inexplicably called the runner safe, plating the go-ahead run. The inning continued and the Cardinal scored one more to make it a 3-1 game.
They then scored three more in the fifth off reliever Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) to make it a 6-1 game.
Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) then entered in relief, putting up a zero in the sixth before allowing two runs (one earned) in the seventh. He went 2.0 innings, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Finally, Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) threw the bottom of the eighth, not allowing a run on one hit with two strikeouts.
Cardinal starter Brett Hanewich threw seven complete innings, allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out five and walking three. Reliever Chris Viall threw the final two frames, striking out four, but walking two Trojans.
The Trojans will regroup and head South to host the next four-straight at Dedeaux Field, starting with Pepperdine on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. PT.