Trojans Come Up Against Hot Beaver Starter Eckert in 3-1 Game One Loss |
May 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans ran into the hot-arm of Oregon State starter Travis Eckert, who threw a complete game after being perfect through the first 6 2/3, falling 3-1 to the Beavers in game one of the series at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (24-26, 12-13 Pac-12) hit multiple balls hard and right on the screws in the first few innings, but were held hitless until Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) had a bloop single to shallow right center with two down in the seventh.
Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) blasted his sixth home run in the eighth inning, a solo shot, that got the Trojans on the board and within two. However, the Trojans were unable to get anything else going that inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Brandon Perez (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Mater Dei HS) drew the only walk of the game with one out and David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS). Edson had an incredible 12-pitch battle with Eckert, but eventually ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Trojan starter Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) was strong once-again, going 7.1 innings, allowing just three runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out eight, one shy of his career-high total.
All three runs for the Beavers came in the fifth inning with two outs, as they found some holes and got some balls to drop in. Trever Morrison had a bloop double down the left line to plate the first run, followed by a Cady Grenier single back up the middle and a Christian Donahue RBI double.
The Trojans and Beavers will be back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT for game two of the series at Dedeaux Field. It will once again be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.