Trojans Unable to Hold on, Drop Game Two to Oregon, 8-4
March 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Despite taking a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Trojans were unable to hold off the No. 16 Oregon Ducks, as they plated six runs in the top of the eighth to defeat the Trojans, 8-4 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (7-11) had a strong start out of sophomore righthander Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS), who went seven complete innings, allowing only two unearned runs on six hits, while striking out two. Strahan was in line for the win when he left the game, but finished with a no-decision after Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) and poor defense surrendered six runs in the top of the eighth.
The Trojans' youth in the field showed today, making six total errors and only one of the Ducks' (15-5) eight runs were earned.
A bright spot for the Trojans was redshirt freshman Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), who earned his first career start in left field and took advantage of it, going three-for-four and scoring a run as the sparkplug for the Trojan offense.
The Ducks got on the board first, with a sacrifice fly from Ryon Healy in the top of the fifth, followed by another sacrifice fly from Connor Hofmann in the top of the sixth. Both runs were unearned.
The Trojans got to Duck starter Tommy Thorpe in the bottom of the sixth, as Stahel started the inning with a leadoff single to left field. Centerfielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) advanced Stahel to second with a sac bunt. Stahel then took advantage of a wild pitch, setting up second baseman Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) for a sacrifice fly to place the first run of the day for the Trojans. Third baseman Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) drew a walk and back-to-back singles from James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), in addition to an error by the Duck first baseman scored the game-tying run for the Trojans AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) then delivered an RBI single to score the third run of the inning, followed by another single from right fielder Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) gave the Trojans the 4-2 lead.
However, the Ducks broke through in the top of the eighth, plating six runs on five hits, as they took advantage of four Trojan error sin the inning to take an 8-4 lead.
Duck closer Jimmie Sherfy entered in the ninth for the second-straight game to finish things off and give the Ducks the series victory.
The Trojans will look to take game three of the series, set for 12 p.m. tomorrow at Dedeaux Field.