Southall Three-Run Shot Propels Usc To 3-2 Win In Series Opener Over Fordham|
Feb. 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Shortstop Reggie Southall rocketed his first career home run, a three-run shot in the eighth inning to lift the Trojans over the visiting Fordham Rams on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) and the Trojans (10-0) had been kept off-balance by the Rams' (1-6) starting pitcher Brett Kennedy all night, who had a no-hitter through five innings and kept the Trojans to just one hit through the first seven frames. However, in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Trojan offense got things rolling.
Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./Serra HS) drew a lead-off walk to start the eighth inning off for the Trojans. Angelo La Bruna (Pasadena, Calif./Duke) entered as a pinch runner for the Trojans and represented the go-ahead run. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), who had the only other Trojan hit earlier in the game, delivered the sac bunt to advance La Bruna to second. David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) singled up the middle with an absolute laser of the hit, putting runners on the corners with one down. That brought up Southall, who picked an excellent time for his first career home run, depositing the 2-2 offering from Kennedy over the right field fence for a three-run shot.
The Trojans took a 3-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning, when closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in relief of Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS), who put up a zero with one strikeout in the eighth inning. After striking out the first batter, Davis had a tough time finding the zone and after two walks, came through to get the second out on a groundout to first base.
Two back-to-back infield singles by the Rams plated two runs to make the score 3-2, but Davis recorded the final out of a ground out to short to collect his fourth save of the year.
Starter Brent Wheatley (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks, while striking out a quiet career-high 11 Rams.
The Trojans and Rams are back in action on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.