Second-Career Shutout by Hart Propels the No. 15 Trojans to 2-0 Victory Over Stanford|
May 10, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Behind a huge shutout by freshman Mitch Hart, the No. 15 Trojans defeated the Cardinal 2-0 in the rubber match to take the series on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
With the victory, the Trojans improve to 34-16 on the year and move into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with a record of 15-9.
Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) threw the second shutout of his career, scattering five hits over nine innings, with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Trojans got on the board in the fourth inning, as Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) laced a double and then stole third base. A double from the hot-hitting AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) drove in the first run of the day.
The Trojans added an insurance run against Cardinal (21-27, 7-17 Pac-12) Andrew Summerville in the eighth inning, as Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) singled to right field with two on and one down to push the Trojans ahead, 2-0.
Hart closed things out down the final stretch, retiring the last six-straight batters he faced to earn his seventh win of the season.
The last time the Trojans had two complete games in one weekend series was Mother's Day weekend 2013, when Wyatt Strahan threw a one-run complete game and Nigel Nootbaar threw a shutout as the Trojans took the series from Washington State.
The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to California for a three-game series.