Trojans Fall to Cal State Northridge 9-4 in 11 Innings
Feb. 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES- Numerous missed opportunities came back to bite the USC baseball team, which dropped a 9-4 decision in 11 innings in game one of a weekend series against Cal State Northridge at Dedeaux Field on Friday evening. In a game that featured a combined 23 men left on base--13 by the Trojans--the Matadors finally broke through for five runs in the top of the 11th to take the victory in game one of the series.
The Trojans' (2-3) starter, junior lefty Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) looked strong in just his fourth collegiate start, going 6.0 innings, allowing only one unearned run, on four hits, while striking out a season-high six and only walking one.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Trojans got to the Matadors' (4-1) starter Jerry Keel, as Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) walked with one out. Center fielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./Campbell Hall/UPenn) moved Landecker over with a ground out, setting the stage for James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) to double Landecker home and give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. The Matadors got on the board in the top of the second, taking advantage of an error by the Trojans to tie the game up, 1-1.
Trojans took their biggest lead of the night with a three-run inning in the bottom of the fifth, as Landecker and Zebrack were hit by pitches in back-to-back at bats. Roberts moved the runners over with a ground out before Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) drove in Landecker with an infield single that was subsequently booted by the second baseman allowing Zebrack to score. Freshman Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) drove in the final run of the inning with a single up the middle to give the Trojans a 4-1, lead. The Matadors again evened the game in the top of the seventh inning, putting three runs on the board to tie things at, 4-4.
Freshman lefty reliever Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon) looked stellar in just his second outing of his young career, striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning and retiring the side in the top of the 10th to keep the game tied at 4-4.
In the top of the 11th, the Matadors got to the Trojans, taking advantage of walks and putting together timely hits to score five runs and take a 9-4 lead.
In the final half of the inning, the Trojans were unable to put any runs on the board, falling, 9-4.
Josh Goosen-Brown got the win for the Matadors, and centerfielder Cal Vogelsang went 2-for-6, driving in four runs, two of which came in the top of the 11th. Roberts, Flores and Bozoian led the way for the Trojans with one RBI apiece.
The Trojans and Matadors are set to square off in game two of the series on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. PT.