Trojans Earn Split with No. 13 Cal Poly After Commanding 16-0 Victory in Game Two of Doubleheader|
March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team bounced back from a 5-1 to loss to No. 13 Cal Poly in game one of the series double header on Sunday at Dedeaux Field, defeating the Mustangs in dominating 16-0 fashion.
After Friday and Saturday were a wash due to heavy rain in the Los Angeles area, the Trojans and Mustangs finally got in two games on Sunday.
The highlight for the Trojans in the 16-0 victory was senior left-handed pitcher Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS), who had a career day, going seven complete, allowing only two hits and two walks, while striking out a career-high 10 batters.
At the plate in the double header, the Trojans were led by seniors Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) and Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS). Hernandez was 6-for-8 with three RBI on the day, while Swick was 5-for-8 with two RBI.
In game one, the Trojans got five outs into the game before the rains returned to Dedeaux Field. The field was tarped and the action was halted for nearly an hour. After play resumed, the Mustangs jumped on Trojan starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS). Tim Wise delivered a two-out single up the middle to score Mark Mathias who led off the top of the second with a hit.
In the bottom of the second inning, however, trailing, 1-0, the Trojans answered with a run of their own off Mustang ace Matt Imhof. Swick led off the inning with a double and came around to score from third after a wild pitch on a single from Hernandez.
The game was tied at 1-1 until the top of the fourth, when the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead on a Chris Hoo double. They would add one more run in the seventh and two more in the eighth, giving them a 5-1 lead and eventual victory.
Game two was a different story for the Trojans. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back, piling on five runs in the third, four runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth.
Starter Wheatley was rolling from the get-go and was sharp all the way through, striking out a career-high 10, including a strikeout of the side in his final inning of work, the top of the seventh. He only gave up one hit in the third and another in the fourth. He did not allow a hit in his final three frames.
Eight different Trojans had a hit in the game. Hernandez led the way with a 4-5 day at the plate, including driving in three runs. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) and AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) each had two hits apiece. Freshman Joe Corrigan (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) tallied his first collegiate hit, a single in the sixth inning where he came around to plate a run. Flores and Swick led the way with three RBI each.
The Trojans are back in action tomorrow (Monday), as they host Waseda University at 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field in an exhibition game. On the Tuesday the Trojans travel to UC Irvine to face the Anteaters at 6:30 p.m. PT.