Trojans Fall 7-2 To Waves, Suffer First Loss Of Season

    USC shortstop James Roberts had two doubles in the loss.

    Feb. 28, 2012

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    LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team (7-1) fell behind early 4-0 on a grand slam from Pepperdine's Joe Sever in the third inning and weren't able to recover as they suffered their first loss of the season in a 7-2 defeat to the Waves Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D Field Stadium.

    It was a day of missed opportunity and lack of control as the Trojans stranded 11 runners on offense and allowed seven walks from the mound.

    Led by Sever and Tony Cooper who both went 3-for-4 on the day, Pepperdine (7-2) capitalized on USC's mistakes to come out on top. Sam Meyer added a solo home run to center in the sixth inning for good measure.

    Trojans starter Brandon Garcia (1-1) took the loss allowing five runs in four hits while walking four in four innings of work. Matt Maurer (1-0) picked up the win for the Waves surrendering two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.

    On a brighter note, USC batters doubled five times in the game including two from sophomore shortstop James Roberts. The Trojans also received multi-hit games from senior co-captain Garret Houts and junior Adam Landecker.

    USC ranked No. 23 in the latest ESPN coach's poll looks to shake off the loss as they travel to North Carolina this week for a weekend set March 2-4 against the No. 6 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The games Friday 3 p.m. ET, Saturday 2 p.m. ET and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET can all be seen on ESPN 3.