Offense Explodes for Five Home Runs as Trojans Defeat No. 18 Long Beach State 8-3|
April 19, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- Propelled by a season-high five home runs, the offense put on a show Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field as the Trojans defeated visiting No. 18 Long Beach State 8-3.
The Trojans (16-19) were led at the plate by Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), who cranked a season-high two home runs for three RBI, while Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) was 4-for-4 at the plate with one home run and three RBI. Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) had back-to-back solo shots in the third inning.
The Trojans were one home run away from hitting six in a game for the first time since they had six against FIU on February 12, 2006. It also is also a program record for the most home runs in a single game during the BBCOR bat era.
In a staff day on the mound, the Trojans threw five different pitchers, holding the Dirtbags (21-14) to just three runs on seven hits. After starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) went one inning in the start, he was relieved by CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) who had the longest outing, going three innings, allowing just one run on four hits with one strikeout. Marrick Crouse (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) got the win in just his second appearance of the year, going two innings. He was followed up by Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) and Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), with Huberman putting up zeroes in the seventh and eighth, followed by a Paschke 1-2-3 ninth.
The Dirtbags got on the board first, plating one run in the second, but the Trojans rallied to take the lead back with back-to-back home runs by Dempster and Oppenheim in the bottom of the third. The Trojans added one more in the fourth, but the Dirtbags added two more in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
The Trojan offense had more in it however, breaking open the game with a four-run fifth inning on two-run home runs from Carrillo and Martinez to make it 7-3.
The Trojans added one more in the sixth on a two-out single by Martinez, his third RBI of the day.
The Trojans head back out on the road, this time to visit the Washington State Cougars in Pac-12 play. Game one of the series is set for 6 p.m. PT on Friday, April 22.