Trojans Down Ducks 14-9 in High-Scoring Affair|
May 20, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojan offense exploded for 14 runs on 18 hits to defeat Oregon 14-9 in game two of the series on late Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (20-30, 7-19 Pac-12) broke a nine-game losing streak with the big victory and were led by outfielder Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS), who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a double and a two-run home run, his third of the season. Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) also drove in three runs with a 2-for-5 day, along with three RBIs on four hits for freshman catcher Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS).
The Ducks (27-23, 10-16 Pac-12) got on the board first, touching up starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) for four runs in the top of the second. However, the Trojans answered right back with five runs in the bottom of the second, including a two-run homer by Dempster to take a 5-4 lead.
In the back-and-forth contest the Ducks answered with two more runs in the sixth inning to take back the lead, 6-5.
The Trojans added four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, three coming with two outs to push their lead to 9-6.
The Ducks added two more runs in the sixth inning, as starter Stubbs allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach, and reliever Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) entered. He allowed both runners to score, first on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded and then a second came in on a double play, but he was able to minimize the damage and keep the lead, 9-8.
Trojan starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) finished the day with a stat line of eight runs allowed on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Trojans tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and then three in the bottom of the seventh, with four of those five runs coming with two outs, taking their lead to 14-8.
Wegman shut things down through the final four frames, only allowing one run to the Ducks in four innings of work. He also held them to just three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The one run allowed came in the top of the eighth to make it a 14-9 contest.
Wegman earned his first save of the year in the game, while Stubbs earned his first win, now sitting at 1-5 on the year. Ducks’ starter Matt Mercer took the loss, falling to 5-7 on the year.
The rubber match of the season is set for 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 21. The game will also be senior day as it is the final game of the year at Dedeaux Field.