Trojans Rally Late, But Fall 14-8 to Utah |
April 10, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans rallied in the latter innings, but a 13-run deficit was just too much to overcome, as they fell 14-8 to visiting Utah in the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (15-15, 5-4 Pac-12) battled after going down 14-1 in the fifth inning to score seven unanswered runs, but it was not enough to overcome the hot bats of the Utes (11-17, 8-4 Pac-12), who had three home runs on the day, including a grand slam from Cody Scaggari.
Overall the Trojans outhit the Utes 14-12, but 13 walks and two hit-by-pitches came back to haunt the Trojans, as six of those men came around to score.
Offensively, the Trojans were led by David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons), Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) who each had three hits on the day. Oppenheim and Ramirez each drove in three runs apiece. Ramirez also blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, pulling the Trojans within six.
The Utes touched up Trojan starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS), who did not have his best stuff for five runs on six hits, including two home runs with three walks and one strikeout in 2.2 innings of work. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead with two in the second and three in the third.
The Trojans answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third, but the Utes answered with three in the fourth and six, including a grand slam in the fifth to pull out to a 14-1 lead.
The Trojans were not going to go down easily, however, plating three runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and another two in the ninth on Ramirez’s fifth home run of the year to pull within six, but that was as close as they would get, as Utah’s closer Dylan Drachler got out of the ninth without allowing any more runs.
The Utes’ starter Josh Lapiana went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits with four walks and one strikeout in the victory.
At the plate, Utah’s Cody Scaggari was impressive, going 5-for-6 with a grand slam, driving in six of the Utes’ 14 runs.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday, heading to Malibu to face Pepperdine at 3 p.m. PT at Eddy D. Field Stadium.