WSU's Pistorese Throws Complete Game as No. 9 Trojans Fall 4-2 in Game Two|
March 14, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 USC Trojans fell in game two of the series against the visiting Washington State Cougars 4-2 as starter Joe Pistorese threw a complete game on Saturday evening.
The Trojans (16-3) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Cougars (12-6) quickly answered with three in the top of the fifth against Trojan starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) and never looked back.
Cougar starter Pistorese kept the Trojans off-balance all evening, as he scattered seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in his complete-game outing.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Trojans mounted a 2-out rally, as Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) singled up the middle and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and Carrillo delivered back-to-back RBI doubles to put the Trojans up, 2-0.
The Cougars answered with three in the top of the fifth, however, as they took advantage of a throwing error that advanced runners into scoring position. In the inning the Cougars had the three runs on four hits to take the lead, 3-2.
The Cougars then added another run in the top of the sixth against reliever Tyler Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College. The junior was not his sharpest, but battled for four innings of three-hit baseball, keeping the Trojans in the game.
In the top of the ninth, the Trojans tried to mount a rally, as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) led off the inning with an infield single, but Pistorese finished things off.
Overall the Trojans had nine base runners stranded in the game.
The rubber match of the series is set for 3 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field on Sunday. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.