Trojans Drop the Rubber Match to Oregon, 3-2|
May 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans fell in late inning to visiting Oregon in the rubber match, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Trojans (20-31, 7-20 Pac-12) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run by Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), his team-leading sixth shot of the year.
In just his second career start, righty Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Great Oak HS) went six complete, scattering seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He put up zeros until the fifth inning when he got into some trouble, as the Ducks benefited from two errors, scoring two runs, one earned, on three hits to tie the ballgame.
Ducks starter Cole Stringer settled in, going six innings, not allowing any runs beyond Carrillo’s home run, with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Trojans had two runners on in the seventh but were unable to make anything happen against reliever Brac Warren.
Then in the eighth inning the Ducks broke through against Trojan reliever Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS). After a lead off bunt single and a sac bunt to advance the runner to second, a ground out advanced the runner to third and for the second-straight inning the Ducks had the go-ahead run 90 feet away with two outs. After a walk put runners on the corners, the Ducks executed the double steal, with Taylor Travess stealing home and the runner at first, Kyle Kasser taking second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the pitcher as his throw home was in the dirt.
Ducks closer Kenyon Yovan retired the Trojans in order in the ninth for his 14th save of the year.
The Trojans will head back out on the road to face UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. PT on Tuesday.