Trojans Drop Back-and-Forth Contest to Visiting UC Irvine|
April 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES – Trojans drop back-and-forth contest to visiting UC Irvine on Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) had a monster day at the plate for the Trojans, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, including a solo home run in the bottom of the first that tied the game. David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) was also 3-for-4 with two runs scored on the day.
The Trojans (18-21), fought back from being down 2-0 after the first inning, answering back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning, then tacking on two more in the second and one in the fourth, but the Trojans did not play sharp down the stretch, allowing the Anteaters (24-14) to plate two in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.
Trojan starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) allowed two runs in the first, one came home on an RBI single by Jonathan Munoz, the other on an untimely balk call. However, the Trojans picked him up in the bottom half of the inning, tying things up on a Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) RBI ground out and Robinson’s solo home run.
The Trojans didn’t waste any time jumping on the Anteaters’ starter Miles Glazier, as they tacked on two more runs on a two-out Robinson RBI double in the bottom of the second inning, chasing the starter who only went 1.2 innings, allowing four runs on three hits with three walks.
The Trojans added one more in the fourth inning, as Martinez delivered his second RBI of the day, this one a double off the top of the wall in deep left center to make it a 5-2 game.
However, the Trojans reached a snag in the sixth inning, as a leadoff hit-by-pitch and walk both came around to score to pull within one, 5-4 off reliever Andrew Wright (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS).
The Anteaters added two more runs in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a leadoff double and single to kickstart the inning against reliever Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), who eventually took the loss.
The Trojans rallied, having runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. In the ninth, the game tying run got to second base with two down, but the Trojans were unable to plate the run.
The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday, hosting Arizona at 7 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.