Trojans Drop Doubleheader To Utah|
March 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES - THE No.21 USC baseball team fell to the Utah Utes 1-0 and 3-1, losing both games of a doubleheader today at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans fall to 12-6 (0-2) on the season with the defeats.
In the first game of the day USC received an outstanding complete-game effort from senior Andrew Triggs, who allowed just one run while striking out a season-high 11 batters.
Junior Adam Landecker had his eight-game hitting streak snapped and the Trojans were held to just three hits by the combination of Utah starter Joe Pond and Tyler Wagner (1-3) who picked up the win with three scoreless innings of relief.
Utah's Ryan Cooperstone led off the eighth with a single to center and was moved over on a sac-bunt from James Brooks. Tyler Eppard singled to deep center to bring Cooperstone around from second for the only run of the game.
The second game of the day started better for the Trojans but ended with the same result.
Landecker led off the first with a double to left and senior Alex Sherrod followed with a crisp single to center to put USC up 1-0.
The Trojans went on to scatter nine hits but starter Brock Duke (2-0) was effective allowing only one run and one walk in seven innings to pick up the win. Reliever Mitch Watrous entered in the eighth and surrendered only one hit in two innings of relief.
Utah tied the game in the fourth as designated hitter Parker Morin flipped a single into right that dropped in front of Sherrod and scored a hustling James Brooks form second.
The Utes got to starter Ben Mount (2-1) again in the seventh as Cooperstone singled up the middle to score Trey Nielsen form second. Freshman Wyatt Strahan came on in relief but gave an RBI single Brooks to stretch the lead to 3-1.
USC had two men on base in the eighth but weren't able to convert and went down in order in the ninth to end the game.
Three Trojans, Landecker, Sherrod and Brandon Garcia did manage to deliver multi-hit performances in the loss.
Rain is forecasted for the rest of the weekend but the third game of the series has a tentative start time of 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. All scheduling updates will be posted on usctrojans.com.