Trojans Drop Game Three of Series to UCLA, 13-0|
May 7, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans were unable to get the offense going and got in a big hole early, falling to visiting crosstown rival UCLA 13-0 on Saturday evening at Dedeaux Field in game three of the series.
The Bruins (24-20, 13-8 Pac-12) tallied two runs in the first, four in the second and one in the third to put the Trojans in an early hole, 7-0. Trojan (19-25, 6-15 Pac-12) starter Marrick Crouse (Dana Point, Calif./Dana Hills HS) minimized damage in the first to just two runs, but gave up four more in the second, lasting just 1.2 inning in the start. He allowed six runs, but only two earned on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Trojans were unable to get the offense going throughout the game, despite getting Bruin starter Jon Olsen’s pitch count up early. Olsen allowed just three hits through five innings, walking two and striking out seven. Four other Bruin relievers combined to finish off the game, throwing one inning apiece, allowing just two more hits to the Trojan hitters.
A big five-run sixth inning for the Bruins, including a three-run home run by Michael Toglia pushed the game completely out of reach for the Trojans, 12-0. Reliever Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) threw 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Connor Lunn (Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) allowed one run in the sixth inning on two hits, before being pulled for Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS), who got the Trojans out of the inning.
The Bruins added one more run in the eighth off reliever Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Oak Hills HS) to push their lead to 13-0.
Brock Larson (Del Mar, Calif./USF) entered to complete the game, putting up a zero in the top of the ninth for the Trojans.
Crouse took the loss for the Trojans, while Olsen earned the win for the Trojans. Five different Trojans each had a hit in the game – Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), John Thomas (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./JSerra HS) each tallied one hit, with Carrillo and Shockey tallying doubles on the day.
The Trojans will be back in action next Saturday, May 14 at Utah to begin a three-game series. Game one on Saturday is set for 11:30 p.m. PT.