Trojans Leave Visiting Huskers on the Field with 4-3 Victory in Home Opener
Feb. 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team notched its first win of the season and of the Dan Hubbs era in dramatic fashion, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, with the game-winning hit from Adam Landecker to beat the visiting Nebraska, 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. Freshman Kyle Davis picked up the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, in which he didn't issue a walk and tallied three strikeouts, including two in the top of the ninth with runners in scoring position.
The Trojan half of the ninth culminated with senior second baseman Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) hitting a two-out single to score third baseman Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif. /Loyola HS) with the decisive fourth run to send the Trojans (1-2) to the win. The rally started with a one-out single from freshman right fielder Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif. /Ayala HS ), who was lifted for pinch runner Conner Sullivan (Orange, Calif. /Orange Lutheran HS ). Swick followed with a double to put runners at second and third with one out. Garrett Stubbs ( Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS ) hit a sac fly to plate Sullivan with the tying run and set up for Landecker's game-winner.
Freshman lefty Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif. /El Dorado HS) made his first collegiate start for the Trojans, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four but did not factor into the decision.
The Trojans got on the board first, plating a run in the bottom half of the second inning, as Swick delivered a sacrifice fly to score designated hitter Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) from third. After singling, Hernandez go to third off one of Bozoian's three hits in the game.
In the top of the sixth, Nebraska got to starter Twomey, tallying three runs on four hits to take a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, USC strung together a few hits, as Swick singled with one out and freshman left fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) hit the ball right on the screws, over the center fielder's head, scoring Swick on the triple to put the score at 3-2, Huskers.
Davis kept the Husker hitters at bay, getting out of a few jams in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to keep the Trojans within striking distance, their last chance in the bottom of the ninth came up, setting up last-second heroics in RBIs for Stubbs and Landecker as the Trojans earned the walk-off victory.
The Trojans will stay at home for their midweek tilt with Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. PT. The game will be streamed live on usctrojans.com.