Trojans Defeat Utah 6-1 to Take Series, Go for Sweep on Sunday

    Corey Dempster knocks his fourth home run of the year in the win.
    April 9, 2016

    Final Stats

    LOS ANGELES – Behind an outstanding relief outing from Bernardo Flores and a three-run home run from Corey Dempster, the Trojans defeated Utah 6-1 on Saturday afternoon to take the series.

    The Utes (10-17, 7-4 Pac-12) got on the board first in the top of the inning, as starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) minimized damage from a leadoff double followed by a single to only allow one run, stranding two base runners.

    Hart threw three complete innings, scattering four hits for one run with two walks and one strikeout in just his second outing of the season.

    Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) was outstanding in relief, his best outing of the season, going 6.0 innings, holding the Utes to just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts to earn his first win of the year.

    The Trojans (15-14, 5-3 Pac-12) tied the game and took the lead in the fourth inning, as Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS) and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) both came up with two-out singles to take a 2-1 lead.

    The Trojans broke open the game in sixth, tallying four runs on four hits, including a three-run home run with two outs by Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and an RBI single from Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS).

    Southall led the team with a 4-for-4 day at the plate.

    The Trojans looking for the sweep on Sunday in game three of the series at 1 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.