Trojan Square Record, Edge Visiting Loyola Marymount, 2-1
Feb. 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team received a strong performance from a quartet of pitchers and strung together a few timely hits to even its record with a tight 2-1 win over visiting Loyola Marymount on a chilly Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field. Freshman right fielder Vahn Bozoian drove home Greg Zebrack with two outs in the eighth to give the Trojans the go-ahead run.
Freshman righty Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) started on the hill for the Trojans (2-2) and put together a strong first outing of the season, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out four in 5.0 innings. He left the game a scoreless tie and did not factor into the decision.
The Lions (2-2) struck first, plating the first run of the game in the seventh inning with a one-out infield base hit. Senior righty Matt Munson (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback College), who had relieved Wheatley in the sixth, escaped the seventh with just the one run by inducing an inning-ending double play.
The Trojans (2-2) answered in the bottom half of the inning, as Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) drew a leadoff walk, was pushed to second on a J.R. Aguirre (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) sac bunt and scored on a two-out double from Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS), knotting the game at two.
Sophomore righty Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) came in and threw a scoreless eighth, picking up the win. Spotted a one-run lead after Bozoian's single pushed Zebrack across in the bottom half of the eighth, Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, picking up his first save of the season.
The Trojans are back in action at 6 p.m. Friday evening at at Dedeaux Field against the Cal State Northridge Matadors.