Trojans Unable to Get Bats Going, Fall 6-0 at Long Beach State|
April 4, 2017
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Trojans unable to get the bats going, fall 6-0 to Long Beach State at Blair Field on Tuesday evening.
The Trojans (15-12) were held to just five hits by the Dirtbags (17-11), as starter AJ Jones went seven complete, allowing just four hits, striking out six and walking just one. A combination of three other Dirtbags closed out the game.
Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) continued his hot hitting, tallying two of the Trojans’ five hits, including a double, the only extra-base hit of the day for the Trojans. Overall the Trojans stranded seven batters.
The Dirtbags jumped on Trojan starter Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS), who uncharacteristically walked the first two batters of the game and then gave up a bases clearing double to Luke Rasmussen, putting the Trojans down 2-0 in the first inning. Perryman took the loss, going just 1.1 innings, allowing four run on three hits with three walks.
Connor Lunn (Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) entered in relief and was outstanding, keeping the Trojans in the game as he threw 3.2 scoreless innings, retiring seven-straight at one point, only allowing two hits with no walks and was one shy of his career-high strikeout total with five.
The Dirtbags added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to push their lead to 6-0, as the Trojans were unable to get the bats going against the Dirtbag bullpen.
The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday as they host Stanford at 6 p.m. PT. First 500 fans, get a Barry Zito themed throwback snapback hat. For tickets visit usctrojans.com/tickets.