Despite Outhitting No. 22 California, the No. 15 Trojans Dropped the Rubber Match 7-2|
May 18, 2015
BERKELEY, Calif. - Despite jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead and outhitting the No. 22 Bears, the No. 15 Trojans were hampered troubles on the mound, with USC pitchers issuing nine walks as they fell 7-2 in the rubber match of the series at California on Monday night.
The Trojans (35-18, 16-11 Pac-12) get to Bears (33-17,. 17-10 Pac-12) starter Matt Ladrech in the top of the first inning, with a two-out rally, started by Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), who drew a walk. With one on, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) singled to put two on. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) drove in the first run on an RBI single up the middle. Then the Trojans executed the first, third play, and Flores went from first and the Bears threw down to second, and they couldn't get Flores, and Robinson scored on the throwing error, 2-0.
Trojan starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) pitches out of jams in the first and second innings as the Trojans maintain their 2-0 lead.
That didn't last long, however, as the Bears scored a total of seven unanswered runs in the game, with three in the third inning, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Five of the Bears' seven runs that came around to score were baserunners that reached via walk (three runs), error (one) and hit by pitch (one). Overall the Trojan pitching staff walked an uncharacteristic nine batters.
Beaver first baseman Chris Paul was 3-for-3 on the day and drove in a team-high five runs.
Hart took the loss to fall to 7-3 on the year, going just 3.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) threw 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, while fellow reliever Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS), who got out of a big jam in the fifth inning, allowed two runs on one hit with three walks in two complete innings. Right-hander Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) threw the final 1.2 innings, holding the Bears to just one hit with two strikeouts.
The Trojans were led at the plate by Flores and Martinez who each had two hits on the day.
The Trojans return home to Dedeaux Field to host Arizona State to end the regular season, starting on Friday, May 22.