USC Completes Sweep of Towson with Come-From-Behind 8-6 Victory|
Feb. 15, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The USC Trojans took care of business on Sunday afternoon, completing the sweep of Towson in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Tigers at Dedeaux Field.
In what was a back-and-forth game, the Trojans (3-0) got into an early 4-1 hole the third inning, but a five-run fourth inning proved to push the Trojans ahead, but the Tigers tied the game back up in the top of the seventh inning, but the Trojans added runs in the sixth and eighth to push ahead.
Redshirt junior Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) led the way with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, while catcher/first baseman Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. Center fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) added an insurance run for the Trojans in the eighth inning.
Two early home runs, one a two-run shot in the second inning and another a solo bomb in the third inning helps the Tigers (0-3) to jump out to an early lead. The Trojans took advantage of Towson errors and balks to get back into the game.
The Trojans were also on the move throughout the game, tallying 11 stolen bases, just one shy of tying the school record for most stolen bases in a game. Stahel and left fielder Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) led the way with two steals apiece. In the Trojans' big fourth inning, they stole eight total bases.
On the mound, Trojan starter Tyler Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) flashed good stuff in his USC debut, but only made it 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Freshman righty Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) threw three complete innings, allowing two runs on four hits, but keeping the Tigers at bay.
Junior lefty Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) threw two scoreless innings, including inducing a big inning-ending double play in the sixth inning after he entered with one on and one down. The reliever would get the win, after the Trojans took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, 7-6.
Junior righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in a jam in the top of the eighth with two and two out, and was able to get a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning. He then finished off the top of the ninth by striking out the side for his first save of the season.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Cal State Fullerton for their first road game of the year. The game at Goodwin Field will start at 6 p.m.