Trojans Fight Through Rain Delay And Extra Innings To Defeat The Cougars 4-2 |
April 22, 2016
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Trojans fought through a rain delay and extra innings to defeat Washington State 4-2 in game one of the series on Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
In an overall team victory, the Trojans (17-19, 6-7 Pac-12) plated two runs in the top of the 10th inning, the go-ahead run a sac fly from AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) and an insurance run on an RBI single from Dillon Paulson (Encinitas, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS). From there the ball was handed to closer Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 10th, setting up his 6th save of the year as he retired the side in order.
The Trojans had an early 1-0 lead after an RBI groundout from Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) plated a run in the first inning.
The Cougars (12-22, 5-11 Pac-12) put together a two-out rally in the fourth inning to plate two runs against Trojan starter Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) to take a 2-1 lead.
The Trojans answered with another RBI ground out, this time from David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) in the fifth inning to tie things up a 2-2, right before lighting and then rain put the game into a delay.
After a delay of a little over an hour play resumed, but both Trojan starter Navilhon and Cougar starter Ian Hamilton saw their days end prematurely.
The Trojans were picked up by Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS), who went three complete innings of one-hit baseball, walking two and striking out two.
He was relieved by Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), who also was outstanding, not allowing two complete innings as he earned the win.
Meanwhile, reliever Ryan Walker was equally as strong for the Cougars until the 10th inning. He hit a snag in his fifth inning of work, as the Trojans loaded the bases with no outs. Ramirez then delivered the go-ahead run on a sac fly and then with two down, the freshman Paulson came through in the clutch with a first-pitch swinging single through the right side to plate an insurance run.
In the bottom of the 10th, closer Kriske was lights out, retiring the side in order, punctuated with a strikeout for the final out as he earned his sixth save of the year.
Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS), Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) each had two hits on the day to lead the Trojans offensively.
Game two of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT on Saturday (April 23) at Bailey-Brayton Field.