Trojans Unable To Push Across Runs Late, Drop Midweek At Pepperdine 3-2 |
April 12, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans stranded 14 runners and just could not push across the game tying run late, falling 3-2 to host Pepperdine on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Trojans (15-16) were held to just two runs on six hits and were plagued by two errors defensively in the loss.
The Waves (16-15) plated two in the third inning off of starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), as Ben Rodriguez delivered a two-out single. Stubbs went four innings of five-hit ball, walking just one and tying his career-high strikeout total with seven.
Down 2-0, the Trojans played catch up, plating one run in the fifth inning as Dillon Paulson (Encinitas, Calif./Rancho Santa Fe Christian HS) keyed the inning with the leadoff walk. Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) laid down a perfect bunt for a single and the Trojans had runners on the corners. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) hit into a double play, but one run came home to pull the Trojans within one, 2-1.
In the seventh inning the Trojans struck again against Waves reliever Jonathan Pendergast. Paulson once again started off the scoring inning, this time with a double to right field. Southall this time with the sacrifice bunt and Rios delivered the sac fly to plate the game-tying run.
However in the bottom half of the inning, the Waves answered right back against Trojan reliever Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS). After a leadoff walk, Manny Jefferson doubles down the line. With two in scoring position, the Trojans get a big ground out and the runner stays at third. Chase Lambert singles through the drawn in infield to plate the go-ahead run, 3-2.
Trojans threaten in the top of the eighth, as David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) doubles down the left field line to lead things off. David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) enters to pinch run and tries the delayed steal on a ground out by Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) to take third, but he’s doubled off at third base for the second out.
After Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) retired the side in the bottom of the eighth to give the Trojans a shot in the top of the ninth, Waves reliever Evan Dunn retired the side in order to end the game.
The Trojans will regroup and head out on the road this weekend, traveling to Oregon for a three-game series starting Friday, April 15.