Current Trojans Take Down Alums, 13-5 in Annual Alumni Day
Feb. 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball program welcomed back over 100 alumni to the USC campus and Dedeaux Field on Sunday, February 10. In the alumni game, the current Trojans defeated the younger alumni, 13-5 in a full, nine-inning game. The day also featured an "old timers" game, with older alumni getting out on the diamond, and the 2013 Trojan Baseball Awards Brunch.
The day began with the brunch, where the 2013 USC team was introduced, the 2012 outgoing seniors from last year's squad were recognized and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 team's national title was celebrated. At the brunch, senior shortstop Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) was the recipient of the 2013 Michael J. Niotta Scholarship and Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his dedication to the classroom and the community. Members of the 1963 NCAA title team were introduced and received special letterman's jackets to commemorate their championship. The services of the outgoing seniors of 2012 were also recognized as they also received letterman's jackets. The brunch also included opening remarks from the Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics' Chair Pat Haden and the master of ceremonies was Trojan alum and former major leaguer Randy Flores.
After the brunch, the action moved to Dedeaux Field, where alums gathered to reminisce and flash their skills out on the diamond. The first event of the afternoon was the "old timers" game, where Trojan alums from various decades played a four-inning game.
The current Trojans then took to the field to compete against the younger Trojan baseball alumni, which included current major leaguer Brad Boxberger, who pitched the first inning for the alums. Freshman right-hander Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) took the ball for the current Trojans.
The current Trojans struck first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second, with two coming off a two-run home from freshman left fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS).
In the top of the third, the alums answered with two runs of their own to cut the lead to just two, but the current Trojans quickly answered with two more in the bottom half of the inning.
The combination of senior Nick Berhel (Benicia, Calif./De La Salle) and freshman lefty Marc Huberman (Los Angeles/Hamilton HS), shutout the alums through the next four frames. The current Trojans broke through again in the bottom of the seventh inning, taking up six runs, again taking advantage of errors by the alums that could have gotten themselves out of the inning, but instead extended things for the current Trojans to extend their lead, 12-2.
The alums answered in the top of the eighth, putting three runs on the board to put the score at 12-5.
In the bottom of the ninth the current Trojans tacked on one extra run, to put the final score at 13-5.
Overall the Trojans out-hit the alums, 15-7.
The current Trojans open the 2013 season this Friday at Cal State Fullerton, with first pitch coming at 7 p.m. PT. The team plays on Saturday at CSU Bakersfield, before heading back to Dedeaux Field for the home opener against Nebraska at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 17.