Trojan Bats Get Going, Defeat No. 21 Stanford 7-5|
April 6, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans got their offense going in game one of the series against No. 21 Stanford, defeating the visiting Cardinal 7-5 on Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojan (16-12, 5-5 Pac-12) bats got going again against the No. 21 Cardinal (15-10, 2-5 Pac-12), tallying seven runs on 12 hits. The Trojans got home runs from Cris Perez (Miami, Fla./Duke) and Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), while Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) had a three-hit day. Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) continued his hot-hitting ways, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double. Nootbaar also tallied two RBIs.
The Trojans got a quality start from freshman starter Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS), as he went seven innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout to earn his third win of the year.
Clarke bounced back after giving up a home run to the first batter of the day, Matt Winaker. He came through and got a 1-2-3 inning to keep the Trojans within two.
In the third inning the Trojan offense came through with a two-out rally, as B. Perez drove in one run and Nootbaar drove in another to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
The Cardinal came back with two runs in the fourth inning, as Maverick Handley delivered a two-out, bases-clearing double to take back the lead, 3-2.
The Trojans came back with a big fourth inning, as C. Perez led off the inning with a home run. Then after a Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) single, Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) reached on a throwing error on a sac bunt, putting two in scoring position. David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) came through with an RBI single and then B. Perez delivered his second RBI of the day. Nootbaar then came through with a sac fly to plate the fourth run of the day.
In the seventh a two-run home run by Winaker, his second home run of the day, pulled the Wildcats within two.
The Trojans stranded the bases loaded in the seventh, but in the eighth inning, Nootbaar connected on a towering home run off reliever Tyler Thorne to give the Trojans a second insurance run, 7-5.
Reliever Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) threw two innings for his fourth save of the year, striking out four of the six batters he faced.
The Trojans and Cardinal will be back in action on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.