Late Innings Rally Not Enough as the Trojans Fall 4-3 to Visiting Stony Brook
March 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning, but were unable to hold on and a late-innings rally was not enough, as the Trojans fell 4-3 to the visiting Stony Brook Seawolves on Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Despite the Trojan pitching staff striking out a combined 11 Seawolves hitters, the Trojans were eventually done in with untimely control issues as they also walked a combined six batters and hit another two.
In the bottom of the third inning the Trojans took a 1-0 lead, as Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), who reached on an error with one out came around to score on a two-out single to left field by Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS). Robinson led the Trojans with a 2-for-5 day at the plate, and drove in all three of the Trojans' runs.
In the fifth inning, however, the Seawolves got to Trojan starter Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS). After a leadoff single and a walk, an untimely wild pitch advanced both runners 90 feet. Stony Brook second baseman Robert Chavarria singled to plate one run and tie the game. A balk by Wheatley scored the second run and advanced Chavarria to second. The final run of the inning was scored on a single by Kevin Courtney. That would be the end of the day for Wheatley, and sophomore lefty Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS) was eventually needed to record a strikeout, a fly out and another strikeout to end the inning.
In the seventh inning the Seawolves added one more run, as a leadoff walk and two back-to-back one-out singles loaded the bases. The next batter was then hit-by-the-pitch to bring home what would prove to be the game-winning run. Sophomore right-hander Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered to record two big strikeouts to end the threat, but the score was 4-1 Stony Brook.
The Trojans began to mount their comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) led off the inning with a single. With two outs, Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) drew a walk to put two on. That would be the end to the Seawolves' starter Tyler Honahan, who was lifted in favor of reliever Cameron Stone. With a 2-2 count, Robinson delivered a huge single up the middle to plate two runs and pull the Trojans within one, 4-3 heading into the final two frames.
Davis put up zeroes in the eighth and ninth innings, giving the Trojans a chance at the comeback.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Trojans mounted what had the makings of a two-out rally. Shortstop Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) drew a walk and catcher Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) caught the Seawolves sleeping, laying down a perfect bunt single to put two on and tying run at second. That brought up the hottest hitter of the day, Robinson. With the count 3-2, Robinson grounded out to end the game.
The Trojans will be back in action on Friday at 7 p.m. as they travel to Sunken Diamond to resume Pac-12 play against Stanford.