Trojans Defeat No. 12 Oregon 3-2 in All-Around Team Effort
March 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Behind a strong start from USC ace Wyatt Strahan, the Trojans defeated No. 12 Oregon 3-2 in an all-around team effort on Friday evening at PK Park.
Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, while walking just one and striking out seven, one shy of his career high. The junior recorded his first win of the season.
Reliever Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS) came through with a big strikeout to end the Ducks threat with two on in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sophomore righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) put up a zero in the bottom of the ninth to record the first save of the year for the Trojans.
The Trojans strike first, getting on the board in the top of the third inning. With one down, catcher Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) singled through the left side to give the Trojans their third base runner of the game. That brought up center fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), who drove the first pitch he saw to deep right center field for the Trojans first triple of the year to plate Stubbs and put the team up 1-0. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) draws a walk to put runners on the corners. Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) laid down a perfectly-executed safety squeeze bunt down the first base line to plate Robinson from third and put the Trojans up, 2-0.
The Ducks got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. A one-out walk to Mitchell Tolman comes back to haunt the Trojans, as he stole second and advanced to third on an error as Stubbs' throw trickles into center field. Designated hitter Kyle Garlick with the RBI ground out to plate the run from third to put the score at 2-1.
That score held up for the next three frames, as both Strahan and Ducks starter Tommy Thorpe were dealing. Strahan allowed just three base runners during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, while Thorpe allowed the Trojans just one base runner. In the top of the eighth inning, however, the Trojans got to Thorpe, as Stubbs led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. He then advanced to second on a passed ball. That would be the end of the line for Thorpe, who was lifted in favor of reliever Garrett Cleavinger. His first pitch hit the batter Robinson to put two on, no outs. Lacey then laid down a great sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Swick then flied out to shallow right field, but the Ducks right fielder Tyler Baumgartner is unable to make the catch and the ball dropped to plate Stubbs from third and put the Trojans up 3-1.
The Trojans gave the run back in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Ducks came through with back-to-back-to-back two-out singles off Strahan to put the score at 3-2. Adler then entered to shut the door on the inning with a big strikeout of A.J. Balta.
In the bottom of the ninth Davis made things interesting, after recording the first two outs of the inning, he walked Ducks pinch hitter Nick Catalanato. Aaron Payne then singled through the right side to put the game-winning run at first, but Davis got Austin Grebeck to ground out to Lacey, who forced the runner at second, 6-4 to end the game and preserve the Trojan victory.
Game two of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT tomorrow at PK Park.