Trojans Drop Pitching Duel to Crosstown Rivals UCLA 2-0 in Game One|
May 4, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans dropped a pitching duel to visiting UCLA in game one of the series against their crosstown rivals, 2-0 on Thursday evening at Dedeaux Field.
A two-run home run by UCLA’s Chase Strumpf in the second inning proved to be the difference, as Bruin (22-20, 11-8 Pac-12) starter Griffin Canning outdueled Trojan (19-23, 6-13 Pac-12) starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS).
Canning shutout the usually-potent Trojan offense, scattering seven hits, walking just one while striking out 10. He worked out of a few jams, including a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning.
Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) and Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) each had two hits on the day, while Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with a single in his last at bat of the day.
Stubbs went six complete innings in his second-straight start as the ace, scattering seven hits, allowing just the two runs on the Strumpf home run, with just one walk and a season-high five strikeouts. Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) held the Bruins hitless over the final three frames, facing the minimum with one strikeout to keep the Trojans in the game.
The Trojans and Bruins will be back in action on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. PT for game two of the series. It will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. For tickets visit usctrojans.com/tickets.