Trojan Bats Explode in 10-1 Series-Sweeping Victory Over Fordham|
March 1, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team continued their winning ways on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field, defeating Fordham 10-1 to complete the sweep and stay undefeated on the season at 12-0.
The Trojans (12-0) tallied 10 runs on 12 hits, with Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) leading the way with a career-high tying five RBI, in part due to a three-run home run he blasted off the scoreboard in left center field in the top of the fourth inning. The home run was a part of a seven-run fourth inning that broke open what was previously a 2-0 game.
Freshman starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) went seven complete innings and held the Rams (1-8) to just two hits and one unearned run, while striking out a career-high five batters.
The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, as Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) led off the game with a single. He then advanced to second on a balk and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) continued his hot hitting with his first of three hits of the day to put runners on the corners. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) brought home the first run with a single, while Flores added a sac fly RBI to put the score at 2-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Trojans put up seven runs to make the game 9-0. Along with Flores' three-run home run, Joe Corrigan (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) added a sac fly RBI, Reggie Southall (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) had an RBI single and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) had a 2 RBI single.
The Rams got on the board for one in the top of the sixth, but the Trojans answered with one more in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder's choice RBI for Flores. Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) threw one inning of hitless baseball in the top of the eighth, followed by the 2015 pitching debut of Andrew Wright (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic), who put up a zero in the top of the ninth.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. PT.