Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting Leads Trojans to 6-2 Victory Over Arizona State|
May 28, 2016
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Behind a strong start from Mitch Hart and timely hitting, the Trojans evened the series against Arizona State with a 6-2 victory on Saturday evening at Municipal Stadium.
The Trojans (27-28, 14-15 Pac-12) saw starter Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) hold the Sun Devils (34-20, 16-13 Pac-12) to just two runs on three hits with four walks and a season-high five strikeouts through six innings pitched to earn his second win of the year. Hart allowed singular runs to the Sun Devils in the bottom of the first and the third, before putting up three zeroes.
The Trojan offense blasted six runs on seven hits, due in part to a two-run home run from Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) in the fifth inning that pushed the Trojans ahead of the Sun Devils, 3-2. The home run was the first collegiate bomb of Nootbaar’s career.
The Trojans broke open the game with a three-spot in the eighth inning. All three runs came with two outs. First, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), who drove in the first run of the day for the Trojans in the fourth inning with a sac fly, made the Sun Devils pay for intentionally walking David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons). With runners on the corners and two down, Robinson singled through the right side to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Then Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), tripled to right center for his 200th hit in the Cardinal and Gold to drive home two more runs to make it a 6-2 game.
Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) and Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) each threw a scoreless inning- Paschke the seventh, Huberman the eighth and Kriske the ninth to finish off the Sun Devils.
The rubber match of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 29 at Municipal Stadium. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.