Trojans Earn First Pac-12 Series Sweep Since 2009 with 2-0 Shutout of Arizona|
April 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Behind a seven-inning two-hit start from senior Bob Wheatley, the USC baseball team dispatched of Arizona 2-0 on Saturday evening to earn its first Pac-12 series sweep since 2009.
Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran) shut down Arizona's potent offense, looking like his old self as he held them to just two hits through seven innings, while just walking one and striking out two.
Arizona starter Tyger Talley was going toe-to-toe with Wheatley through six innings, holding the Trojans to just two hits. However, the Trojans broke through in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) singled to start the Trojan rally, and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) followed with a single of his own to put runners on the corners. Omar Cotto Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico/The Bonneville School) grounded out to second baseman to plate the first Trojan run. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) delivered a huge two-out double down the left field line that drove in Lacey from second to make it 2-0.
Trojan closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in the eighth inning and held the Wildcats hitless with three strikeouts through the final two frames to tally his fourth save of the season.
The series sweep was the first over Arizona since 2001.
The Trojans are back in action on Tuesday as they host Hawai'i at 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.