USC's Offense Shut Down by Houston's Garza, Trojans Fall 6-1
March 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball lost a tough one on Friday evening to visiting Houston, as the Cougars ace Aaron Garza held the Trojans to one run on five hits in the 6-1 loss at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans, who had double digit hit totals in the past two games, were held to only five hits as Garza had a stellar outing, holding them scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning, when a run came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS).
USC starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) was a bit shaky in the top of the first, walking in a run with two outs, but he shored things up until an unlucky top of the eighth inning. The sophomore went six complete innings in the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits, while striking out five and walking three.
The Trojans had four one-to-three innings and stranded just three base runners. In the bottom of the second inning AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) had one of only two extra base hits for the Trojans with two outs, but the Trojans were unable to make anything happen offensively.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Trojans were unlucky, as only one hit by the Cougars got out of the infield, an RBI single by Ashford Fulmer, but they plated three runs on three hits to take a 4-0 lead.
The Trojans had a chance to make things happen in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) reached on an error, but he was caught stealing second trying to make things happen with two outs to end the inning.
The Cougars added two more runs against Trojan relievers in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to put the Trojans down 6-0.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Trojans were able to get to Garza, as Robinson led off the inning with a double and a pinch hit single by Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) put runners on the corners with no outs. That would be the end to Garza's day, as Tyler Ford entered in relief for the Cougars. Martinez came through with a sacrifice fly to plate the run and put the Trojans on the board, but a strange 4-3 unassisted double play ended the game.
The Trojans will be back in action at Dedeaux Field on Saturday vs. Pepperdine at 2 p.m. PT.