Trojans Drop Game Two at No. 4 Louisville, 6-3
March 20, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The USC Trojans showed fight, coming back from a 4-0 deficit to pull within one, but were unable to plate the tying and go-ahead runs, eventually falling 6-3 to the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Trojans (8-13) out hit the Cardinals (18-2) and left 12 men on base (eight in scoring position) as they were unable to put together timely hits to push across runs.
Three Trojans had multi-hit days, and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) led the way with two RBIs on a double to right center in the top of the sixth. Left fielder Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) also plated a run for the Trojans. Those three runs in the top of the sixth pulled the Trojans within one, a score they would hold until the bottom of the eighth when the Cardinals added two insurance runs.
Freshman righty Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) earned his first collegiate start, and despite taking the loss, looked good, allowing only two hits, while striking out two and walking one. Kriske was the victim of two hard hit balls from Louisville second baseman Nick Ratajczak, who tripled and was driven in by a sacrifice fly and knocked a solo home run.
The Cardinals got on the board with a run off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, and plated two more in the bottom of the fourth with Ratajczak's solo home run and another run on a walked batter by Kriske that moved around on a stolen base, a wild pitch and was driven home by a single from Ty Young.
After Kriske's day finished after 3.1 innings, Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) entered in relief, and gave up another run in the bottom of the fifth, before giving way to Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS), who looked string, throwing two complete innings, striking out three, only walking one and not allowing a hit. The staff day continued, as Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) threw the bottom of the ninth, and allowed two runs on two hits with one walk to put the score at 6-3.
The Trojans will remain on the road, travelling to Washington to resume Pac-12 play in a three-game series beginning on Friday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.