Landecker's Four-RBI Night Propels Trojans to 5-3 Victory Over No. 10 Oklahoma|
March 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team got back in the win column behind another strong performance from staff ace Bob Wheatley and clutch hitting from senior second baseman Adam Landecker, taking a 5-3 win over visiting No. 10 Oklahoma in the first game of the Dodgertown Classic Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) picked up his second win of the season, tossing 6.1 innings without allowing an earned run, scattering six hits and working around four walks and a pair of errors, while striking out one Sooner hitter. Freshman righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) finished the seventh inning, and sophomore righty Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) slammed the door with two scoreless innings to pick up the save--his first of the season.
The Trojans got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning when freshman left fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) hit a one-out single and came around to score on a Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) double, giving USC the 1-0 lead. Landecker finished the day with five RBI on three hits.
Oklahoma answered in the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth and tacked on another in the fifth, but the Trojans answered back in the bottom half of the frame, pulling to within one with an RBI single from Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) to plate Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn).
The Trojans took the lead for good in the sixth, stringing together four straight two-out singles, starting with catcher Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and culminating with a two-RBI single from Landecker to put the score at 4-3. The team tacked on another in the bottom of the eighth, and Nootbaar put up a zero in the ninth.
The Trojans return to action Saturday against rival no. 22 Notre Dame at 2 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.