Trojans Drop the Series at No. 12 Oregon with a 7-2 Loss in the Rubber Match
March 16, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - USC baseball dropped the rubber match at No. 12 Oregon on Sunday afternoon by a score of 7-2.
The Trojan offense just could not get things going, as the Ducks starting pitcher Jeff Gold held the Trojans to just two runs through six innings. At one point he had retired 15-straight Trojan batters.
The Trojans were able to get to Gold in the seventh inning, however. Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) led off the inning with a single, his second hit of the day. AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) and Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) then delivered back-to-back singles of their own. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) drove in the first run of the day on a fielder's choice. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) then came through with a two-out bunt single to plate the second run of the day.
The Ducks jumped on the Trojans early, tallying one run on two hits in the top of the first as they cashed in on a leadoff triple by Aaron Payne. In the bottom of the second they went ahead 5-0 as they scored four runs on three hits. A bunt single by Mark Karaviotis and a bases-clearing triple by Tyler Baumgartner put the Ducks up on Trojan starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS), who didn't have his sharpest stuff, taking the loss in just 2.1 innings of work, where he allowed five earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out one.
After the Trojans plated their two runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 5-2, but the Ducks answered with one run apiece in the bottom of the seventh and again in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 7-2.
Freshman Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) was a bright spot for the Trojans, making the longest relief appearance of his career. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing one run on no hits, while striking out four, but walking four.
The Trojans will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday when they host Stony Brook at 6 p.m. PT.