All-Around Team Effort Leads Trojans to 5-3 Victory in Game One at UCLA|
May 14, 2016
LOS ANGELES – Behind another strong Friday evening start by Joe Navilhon, the Trojans take game one of a huge series against rival UCLA 5-3 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Trojans (22-24, 11-11 Pac-12) once again got another strong start from Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College), who went 8.0 innings, holding the Bruins (23-24, 10-12 Pac-12) to just three runs on seven hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. He held the Bruins to just one run through the first eight frames and was looking for his first complete game of the season until the bottom of the ninth, when he allowed two runs after a leadoff single and then a two-run home run to Kort Peterson.
Reliever Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and a sudden save situation after the two-run home run to pitch a shutout inning to tally his third save of the year, extending his streak of no earned runs allowed to 12.2 innings over six outings.
At the plate, the Trojans tallied five runs on 11 hits, as Brandon Perez (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Mater Dei HS), Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) each had two hits on the day.
After the Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a Christoph Bono solo home run in the second inning, the Trojans evened things up in the fourth on a Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) squeeze bunt.
The Trojans took the lead in the fifth as Dempster drove in Perez, who reached on a double.
The tide of the game turned in the sixth inning, as Carrillo made things happen on the base paths, coming home on a pinch hit RBI single from Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS), that was kicked around in left field, allowing Carrillo to come home all the way from first, sliding in just under the tag of catcher Daniel Roscia to make it a 3-1 game.
The Trojans continued the hit parade in the seventh inning, as five-straight singles plated two runs as the Trojans played station-to-station baseball, pushing their lead to 5-1.
Things got a little interesting in the bottom of the ninth after the two-run home run from Peterson, pulled the Bruins within two, but Huberman shut the door as the Trojans took game one of the series.
Navilhon earned the win to advance to 5-3 on the year, while Bruin starter Griffin Canning took the loss, falling to 5-6 on the year.
The Trojans will be back in action for game two of the series at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. PT.