Hart's Pitching Gem Leads Trojans to 7-3 Victory Over Oregon to Take the Series|
April 19, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10 USC Trojans took care of business of Sunday afternoon, defeating visiting Oregon in the rubber match 7-2 to take the series at Dedeaux Field.
Despite giving up a home run on the first pitch of the game to Jakob Goldfarb, freshman starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) was masterful, not giving up another hit through the next four innings and only allowing the Ducks three hits overall through six complete innings. The only run he gave up was the home run and he struck out a career-high eight while walking just three.
The Trojan offense, led by Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) who each drove in two runs apiece, picked up Hart with two in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead 2-1.
They pushed their lead to two, 3-1, in the bottom of the second after new pitcher Josh Graham gave up a sac fly to score a run issued to starter Conor Harber.
The Trojans added another run against Graham in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-1 as Stubbs delivered his second sac fly of the night. Graham went five complete innings in relief, holding the Trojans to just four hits with one run, one walk and one strikeout.
With the score 4-1, reliever Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) gave up two runs on three hits before recording the final two outs of the inning and stranding two Ducks.
The Ducks were within one, 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, but the Trojans tacked on two more runs, as reliever Stephen Nogosek hit Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) with the bases loaded to make the score 5-3. David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Calif./College of the Canyons) delivered a sac fly to plate the second run of the inning.
With the lead 6-3, Huberman put up a zero in the top of the eighth and the Trojans tacked one more on in the ninth, as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) hit a rocket into the gap in right center, but Ducks right-fielder Jakob Goldfarb robbed him of sure double and turned it into a sac fly, as the runner was doubled off second for the second out of the inning.
Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in the top of the ninth and in the non-save situation struck out two to put up a zero in the top of the ninth.
The Trojans do not have a midweek game this week, but will be back in action at Oregon State on Friday.