Trojans Unable to Hold on, Fall 13-6 at No. 4 Louisville
March 19, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Trojans stick with No. 4 Louisville, holding a 6-3 lead through the first five and a half innings, before falling victim to the Cardinals offense, dropping game one of the series, 13-6 on Tuesday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Trojans (8-12) tallied 10 hits in the loss, but allowed the Cardinals 16 as they made a comeback in the bottom of the sixth off the Trojan bullpen.
In the top of the second, the Trojans touched up the Cardinals' starter, Dace Kilme for five runs on six hits. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) started off the inning with a double, and after a pop up out, Turner Clouse (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS singled to put runners on second and third. Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) then delivered a textbook bunt down the first base line that stayed fair and plated Lacey from third, and Hernandez found himself safe at first. With two on and one out, Conner Sullivan (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) laid down a sacrifice but to advance the runners. That brought up the top of the order, and Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) singled to plate two runs and put the Trojans up, 3-0. After Zebrack stole second, Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) followed with a single of his own, setting up James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) to blast his second double to the left centerfield gap of the day, giving the team a 5-0 lead.
The Cardinals answered in the bottom half of the second inning, plating three runs off freshman righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) in his first career start. Davis got out of the inning and the Trojans held the 5-3 lead.
Lefty Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered out of the pen and gave the Trojans three solid innings, starting in the top of the sixth. In the top of the fifth, the Trojans plated another run, taking advantage of a double to left center from Landecker, and a three-base error by the Cardinals' right fielder off a well-hit Lacey ball put the game at 6-3.
The bottom of the sixth started trouble for the Trojans, as Huberman walked a batter, allowed a double and walked another batter to load the bases with no outs. That marked the end of his day, and lefty reliever Sean Silva (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College) entered, but was unable to stop the Cardinals' potent offense, as the Cardinals plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth off Huberman, Silva and righty Matt Munson (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback College).
Munson remained in the game and put up a zero in the bottom of the seventh, before allowing the Cardinals four more runs in the eighth.
The Trojans were able to show some life in the top of the ninth, as pinch hitters J.R. Aguirre (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) both drew one-out walks, forcing the Cardinals to go to their pen and bring in lefty Cole Sturgeon, who was able to get a double play ball to end the inning and the game.
The Trojans will look to even out the two-game series as they meet the Cardinals back at Jim Patterson Field tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.