Trojans Tally Season-High Four Homers in 9-6 Victory Over Washington|
May 27, 2017
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Trojan offense came to play for the second-straight game, tallying a season-high four home runs en route to a 9-6 victory over the host Huskies on Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
First baseman Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) was a double shy of the cycle on the day, going 4-for-5 with a team-high three RBIs. Freshman centerfielder Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) also drove in three runs, including two on his second homer of the year. Dillon Paulson (Encinitas, Calif./Rancho Santa Fe Christian HS) and Brady Shockey (Irvine, Calif./JSerra HS) each tallied three hits on the day. For Paulson the three hits tie a career high, while for Shockey they are a career high.
The Trojan offense wasted no time, launching three of their four homers in the first inning to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Nootbaar sent the first pitch of the game to dead center, over the batter's eye to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. The home run was his seventh of the year. Just two batters later, Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) wanted to make sure he kept pace with Nootbaar for the team home run lead, as he launched his seventh homer of the year, a solo shot to put the Trojans up 2-0. Then with two outs, freshman catcher Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) drove home the third solo shot of the inning, his second home run of the year to push the early lead to 3-0. After the three homers the Huskies went to the pen, replacing starter Leo Nierenberg with reliever Joe DeMers.
Then in the top of the second the Trojans picked up where they left off with the long ball, as Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) launched a two-run homer to right, his second of the season to push the Trojan lead to 5-0.
However, in the bottom half of the second, starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), lost the zone, walking the first four batters of the inning to put the Huskies on the board, 5-1. A sac fly plated a second run for the home team, making it 5-2, but the sophomore righty was able to get a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, minimizing the damage. In the bottom of the third inning the Huskies struck again, as Joey Morgan launched a two-run home run with two outs and the Trojan lead stood at just one, 5-4.
The back-and-forth game continued in the fourth inning, as Nootbaar tripled to center, scoring Shockey from first in a close play at the plate to put the lead back to 6-4.
The Huskies took that run back in the bottom half of the inning, however, when Nick Roberts delivered an RBI groundout, making it a 6-5 ballgame once again.
The Trojans struck in a big way in the eighth inning against DeMers, tallying three runs on four hits to push their lead to 9-5. Acosta drove in the first run on an RBI triple and Shockey singled home Acosta from third for the first two runs of the inning. The third run of the inning came when pinch runner Christian Moya (Diamond Bar, Calif./South Hills HS) showed off the wheels, scoring from first on a single to shallow right by Nootbaar.
Trojan starter Stubbs settled in after the first few frames, tying his season-high of seven innings, allowing just five runs on six hits with six walks and three strikeouts, en route to his second win of the season.
Trojan reliever Solomon Bates (Victorville, Calif./Great Oak HS) put up a zero in the eighth, but in the ninth the Huskies tallied a run on an RBI double by AJ Graffanino after a Jack Meggs leadoff double. However, he settled in to get a ground out to end the game.
The Trojans and Huskies will be back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT for the rubber match of the series and the final game of the 2017 regular season.