No. 6 USC Unable to Dig Out of Early Hole, Fall 9-3 to No. 7 UCLA in Game One|
April 10, 2015
LOS ANGELES - No. 6 USC went down early to visiting No. 7 UCLA and could never climb out of the hole, eventually falling 9-3 in game one of the series at Dedeaux Field.
The Bruins (24-6, 11-2 Pac-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as a three-run home run from Ty Moore put the Bruins on the board against starter Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS).
Wheatley hung in there, giving the Trojans 5.1 innings, but the Bruins added two more in the top of the third on a Chris Keck RBI single and a Christoph Bono sac fly to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
The Trojans added two in the bottom of the third, as Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) led off the inning with a double, Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) drew back-to-back walks and Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) brought home Southall with an RBI single. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) then hit into a double play, but a second run came around to score.
However, that is all Bruin ace James Kaprielian would allow, as he went six complete innings, giving up just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks.
In the top of the seventh, the Bruins added three more with their second three-run shot of the day, this one from Bono off reliever Alex Chavarria (Coachella, Calif./Indio HS), who had entered in the sixth to get out of a two on, one down jam.
The Trojans answered in the bottom of the seventh, as Stahel connected on his second home run of the season, a solo shot to deep right center to make it 8-3.
The Bruins tacked one more on in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half the Trojans had back-to-back one out singles, but were unable to put anything together against Bruin closer David Berg.
The Trojans and Bruins will be back in action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.