Costly Errors the Story as the Trojans Fell 4-3 to Oregon in Game One of Series |
April 15, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The Trojans outhit Oregon, but two costly throwing errors allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Trojans did not answer, falling 4-3 in game one of the series on Friday evening at PK Park.
The Trojans (15-17, 5-5 Pac-12) were led at the plate by Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS), who had three and two hits, respectively. Rios drove in two of the Trojans’ three runs on the day.
Despite taking the loss, starter Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) had another strong start, going seven complete innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on just six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Trojans got on the board first in the top of the first, as Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) led off the game against Oregon’s ace Matt Krook with a double down the third base line. He then advanced to third on a passed ball. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) hit into a double play, but the run came home to score.
The Ducks (15-12, 5-5 Pac-12) answered right back in the bottom half of the inning as an AJ Balta triple plated Austin Grebeck who drew a walk to lead off the inning.
They then added a second run in the second inning after a two-out triple by Slade Heggen, followed by a single from Grebeck plated the run to put the Trojans down 2-1.
In the fourth inning, the Trojans answered in a big way, as they took the lead with two runs on two hits. Rios brought home both runs on a one-out triple, to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
A solo home run by Travis Moniot to lead off the Ducks half of the fifth inning tied the game up, 3-3.
In the sixth inning, things unraveled quickly for the Trojans, as Jak Bennett led off the inning with a single up the middle. He then stole second, and an errant throw to second base went to center field and Bennett took third. The throw got out to center fielder Robinson who air-mailed the throw, high to third base, and the second error of the play, scored the go-ahead run.
The Trojans fought to make a comeback, but were unable to string together anything. Overall they stranded 10 base runners in the game.
The Trojans and Ducks will clash for game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at PK Park.