Trojans Drop Heartbreaker to Arizona State 3-2 in Game One of Series |
May 27, 2016
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Trojans dropped a late-inning heartbreaker to Arizona State 3-2 in game one of the series on Friday evening at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The Trojans (26-28, 13-15 Pac-12) were down 1-0 to the Sun Devils (34-19, 16-12 Pac-12) after a leadoff home run by Gage Canning in the bottom of the first inning, but fought back to take a 2-1 lead on an AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) double in the fourth inning.
The Trojans held that lead until the eighth inning, as starter Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) was outstanding, settling in to put up zero after zero in the Trojans’ first complete game of the year. However, in the bottom of the eighth inning, he gave up a two-run home run to David Greer that gave the Sun Devils a 3-2 lead. Navilhon nearly got out of the inning after a leadoff walk, getting two big outs before giving up the home run. He went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Trojans were not going to go down easily, however, loading the bases with just one out in the ninth against Sun Devil reliever Eder Erives. However, they were unable to plate any runs, as a pop out in foul territory behind home plate and a line out to right center ended the game.
Brandon Perez (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Mater Dei HS) led the Trojans with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Overall they had seven hits on the day.
The Trojans will be back in action, looking to even the series tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m. PT at Municipal Stadium. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.