Davis Tosses Gem, Offense Blasts Three Home Runs in 6-2 Victory Over Cougars|
April 23, 2016
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Trojan offense connected on three home runs, along with an outstanding outing from starter Kyle Davis was the recipe for a series victory, as the Trojans defeated the Cougars 6-2 in game two of the series at Bailey-Brayton Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans (17-19, 7-7 Pac-12) held the Cougars (12-23, 5-12 Pac-12) to just two runs on five hits, as starter Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) allowed just one run on three hits through eight innings as he earned his third victory of the season. He settled in after a shaky first inning to strike out nine batters, one shy of his season-high total of 10. The eight innings of work was his longest since opening night on Feb. 19. Davis faced the minimum from the third inning through the seventh.
The Trojan offense once again had a double-figure hit total with 12, blasting three home runs. Freshman Dillon Paulson (Encinitas, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) broke open the tie ballgame in the sixth inning with his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to right field that made the score 3-1 Trojans.
In the top of the ninth, the Trojans scored three more runs, as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), who had an RBI single in the first inning, drove home his fifth home run of the year a solo shot to make the score 4-1. Just two batters later, AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) hit a solo bomb of his own, his sixth of the year, to push the lead to 5-1. Finally, the Trojans punctuated the inning as Turner Clouse (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS), who reached on a two-out single, went first-to-third on a single by Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and
came home on a wild pitch to push the lead to 6-1.
The Trojans turned the ball over the Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) in the bottom of the ninth. After giving up a leadoff single, he came back to record two quick outs, including a strikeout, before allowing a walk and then an RBI single to Trek Stemp to make it 6-2, before he struck out his second batter of the inning to end the game.
The Cougars used seven pitchers, as starter Ryan Ward only went one inning. The loss was issued to Colby Nealy, who is now 0-2 on the season.
The Trojans and Cougars will be back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT at Bailey-Brayton Field, as the Trojans look for the road sweep.