Trojans Fall 10-4 to Visiting Pepperdine
March 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Despite holding a lead through the first five innings, the USC baseball team fell to visiting Pepperdine, 10-4 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans struck for 11 hits, but stranded eight base runners as the Waves collected their 10 runs on 14 hits.
Trojan starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) was touched up for just four hits and two runs until the top of the sixth inning. In the loss he went five complete innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Trojans jumped out to an early lead, tagging Waves starter Jackson McClelland for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) drove in the first run of the inning, after Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) laid down squeeze bunt to plate the second run of the inning and Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) got in on the action, driving in the third run of the inning to put the Trojans up 3-0.
A leadoff walk issued by Strahan in the top of the second inning led to a two-run inning for the Waves. With one down, Brad Anderson doubled to plate one run and back-to-back singles by Aaron Barnett and Kolten Yamaguchi put the score at 3-2, Trojans.
The Trojans threatened with leadoff hits in the second, third and fourth innings, but were unable to plate anymore runs, keeping the score at 3-2.
In the top of the sixth inning the wheels fell off for the Trojan pitching staff, as the Waves put up five runs on six hits. After a leadoff walk by Ross, a double by Hutton Moyer and an RBI single from Austin Davidson tied things up, 3-3, right fielder Brian Langlois followed with a single. That would be the end of Strahan's day, as he was lifted for sophomore lefty reliever Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS). The hit parade continued, as three more Waves came through with hits in the inning. Back-to-back strikeouts after a sacrifice bunt out got the
Trojans out of the inning, but the damage was done as they were now down 7-3.
The Trojans looked to start a rally of their own in the bottom of the sixth after another hit to leadoff the inning, but were unable to plate any runs on Waves lefty reliever Matt Maurer.
The Waves added three more runs on three hits in the top of the seventh inning to put the Trojans down 10-3.
In the bottom of the ninth the Trojans got back on the board against Waves reliever Ian Doughty, as a leadoff single by Lacey and a hit-by-pitch to Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) put two on with no outs. The base runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, allowing a Robinson sacrifice fly to plate the run to put the score at 10-4.
The Trojans will host rival UCLA on Sunday at 1 p.m. Please plan on arriving early to Dedeaux Field if you need to buy your tickets at the game, as there are limited walk-up tickets available.