Gilbert Guides Trojans to 5-2 Victory Over Visiting Kentucky|
Feb. 19, 2015
LOS ANGELES - A strong start from junior lefty Tyler Gilbert and a two-run home run from junior centerfielder Timmy Robinson led USC to a 5-2 victory over visiting Kentucky Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.
Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) picked up his first win of the season, pounding the zone for seven complete innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) led the Trojan (5-0) offense with a pair of hits including the two-run shot that gave the Trojans the lead for good in the fifth inning.
Kentucky (2-1) struck first in the top of the third, when first baseman Evan White jumped on a rare mistake from Gilbert and hit it over the left field fence, but the Trojans answered in the bottom of the fourth when David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) scored Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) with a two-out double to knot the game at one and chase Wildcat starter Dustin Beggs.
The Wildcat offense manufactured a run in the top of the fifth to retake the lead, but this time the Trojan offense responded immediately in the bottom half of the frame.
Junior right fielder AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS). After Martinez flew out to deep left field, where he was robbed at the fence by Kentucky left fielder Ka'ai Tom, Robinson came through with a towering home run to left center field to plate two and put USC ahead 3-2.
The Trojans would add insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and the bottom of the eighth, as Robinson and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) came through with RBI singles, respectively.
Closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs and one on and was able to shut down the Wildcat threat. He then finished out the ninth inning for his third save of the season.
The Trojans are back in action tomorrow (Friday) as they welcome Oakland to Dedeaux Field for the first of a three-game set. The game will start at 6 p.m. and the first 500 fans receive a USC baseball travel mug, good for free coffee or hot chocolate at Dedeaux Field all season long.