Trojans Defeat No. 16 Oregon 5-3 Behind Strong Twomey Outing
March 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Behind a strong outing from starter Kyle Twomey, USC baseball takes game three of the series with No. 16 Oregon as they defeat the Ducks 5-3 victory at Dedeaux Field on Sunday afternoon.
Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) went eight innings, allowing only three runs (two earned) on five hits, while striking out five and not allowing a walk in the win. Sophomore righty Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) came back from a shaky outing yesterday to lock down the victory in the ninth with his second save of the year.
At the plate, the Trojans tallied eight hits, led by freshman shortstop Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), who went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Junior catcher Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) broke out in a big way for the Trojans, delivering a bases clearing double in the bottom of the fourth to score three and break open the game.
After a 1-2-3 top of the first, the Trojans manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, as centerfielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) came back from an 0-2 count to work a walk. Second baseman Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) delivered the sac bunt to advance Zebrack to second, and a fly out to right field by Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) moved him to third. Zebrack then took advantage of a wild pitch by Duck starter Cole Irvin that went to the backstop to plate the run.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans put together a two-out rally, as right fielder Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) drew a walk to load the bases. That set up Hernandez, who took the 1-2 pitch from Irvin into the left center gap, clearing the bases and putting the Trojans up, 4-0.
A solo home run from Mitchell Tolman put the Ducks on the board in the top of the fifth, but USC answered with a sacrifice fly RBI from James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) to plate the fifth run of the game and put the Trojans up, 5-1 in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the eighth, the Ducks threatened, putting two runs on the board, but Twomey shored things up and got out of the inning without any further damage. Nootbaar retired the Ducks in order in the top of the ninth for his second save of the season.
The Trojans head to the road for the next two weeks, traveling to Louisville for two midweek contests on Tuesday and Wednesday, before resuming Pac-12 play at Washington on Friday.