Trojans Fall in Heartbreaking 4-3 Fashion at UCLA in Game Two of Series|
May 14, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans dropped game two of the series at crosstown rival UCLA in heartbreaking 4-3 fashion on Saturday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Trojans (22-25, 11-12 Pac-12) led until the bottom of the eighth inning when a two-run inning gave them the lead. The Trojans held a 3-1 lead through the first 5.5 frames, before the Bruins (24-24, 11-12 Pac-12) added one in the bottom of the sixth, but the Trojans still held a 3-2 lead until the eighth.
The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) two-run home run.
The Bruins plated one in the bottom of the first on an Eric Filia sac fly to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
The Trojans added a third run in the sixth on a Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) double to push the lead to 3-1.
Trojan starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) was outstanding through the first seven frames, only giving up two runs on five hits. However, after allowing a leadoff walk to Brett Stephens, a Filia double down the left field line cut the lead to one, 3-2. Davis then he hit a skid in the bottom of the eighth inning. After walking the leadoff man, a Kort Peterson single, followed by a Jake Pries sac fly pushed the Bruins into the lead, 4-2.
The Trojans, who ran themselves out of the eighth inning as a runner was gunned down at home on a potential sac fly, once again saw a runner thrown out at the plate, the time by right fielder Kort Peterson, who threw a strike to get Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) at the plate for the second out. Then reliever Hunter Virant entered in relief of Bruin closer Moises Ceja for the left-on-left matchup with David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons, who had three hits with two runs scored on the day. Virant was able to get Oppenheim to strikeout to end the game.
Davis took the loss, while reliever Scott Burke the win and Hunter Virant the save.
The Trojans are Bruins will be back in action on Sunday at 6 p.m. PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks Los Angeles.