No. 15 Trojans Unable to Hold Onto Lead, Fall 14-10 in 11 Innings to No. 30 Virginia in Regional Final|
June 1, 2015
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The No. 15 Trojans jumped out to a 9-6 lead, but were unable to hold on after playing 10 hours of baseball that spanned two days, falling 14-10 to No. 30 Virginia in 11 innings, ending their season in the regional final at The Diamond early Monday morning.
The Trojans (39-21) had a 9-6 lead through five innings, but the Cavaliers (37-22), fresh and rested after coming through the winner's bracket, added one run in the sixth and three in the eighth to tie the game, 9-9. They then broke things open in the top of the 11th inning, scoring five runs to make it 14-9. Even then, the Trojans' never-say-die attitude helped them add one more in the bottom of the 11th and push to tie things up.
Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) drove in another four runs to give himself eight total on the day. Martinez, along with shortstop Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) and catcher Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) were named to the Lake Elsinore Regional All Tournament Team. Stubbs was named the MVP after catching all 36 innings of the regional, while batting .563. Trojan starter Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) struggled to find the zone early and the Cavaliers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first. However, the Trojans answered right back, plating five of their own and chasing the Cavaliers' starter in the bottom of the first.
The Trojans put up four more in the bottom of the fourth to push their lead to 9-5.
The Cavaliers added one in the top of the sixth to pull within three, 9-6. The Trojans seemed to be cruising along, but with one down, reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) who threw an inning and a third of no-hit ball, walked a runner and was pulled from the game after a groin strain. Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) entered and issued a walk to put two on. A hit by pitch loaded the bases with just one out and then a single by Smith ended up plating three after Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) over ran the ground ball in left field, allowing the game-tying run to score.
The Cavaliers took their momentum into the top of the 11th inning, where they capitalized on another Trojan fielding error in the outfield to plate five runs and give themselves an 11-9 lead.
The Trojans fought and added one more in the bottom of the 11th, but after playing 20 innings of baseball over 10 hours, the Trojans fell 14-10 and saw their season end in the regional final.