Trojans Complete Comeback to Defeat Stanford 4-3 in Game One of the Series
March 21, 2014
STANFORD, Calif. - The USC baseball team completed the comeback win as Dante Flores delivered the eventual game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning as the Trojans won 4-3 over Stanford at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday evening in game one of the Pac-12 series.
The top of the eighth inning proved to be a big one for the Trojans, as they tallied three runs in the inning to take the 4-3 lead. The Trojans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS). However, the Trojans trailed most of the way as the Cardinal answered in the bottom half of the inning and followed with runs in the second and third to put the Trojans down 3-1.
In that top of the eighth inning Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) led off the inning with a single to first base off Cardinal reliever Marcus Brakeman, who entered in the seventh inning to relieve starter Brett Hanewich, who had held the Trojans to just three hits through six innings. The speedy Omar Cotto Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico/The Bonneville School) dropped down a bunt single to put two on, nobody out. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) came through with the sacrifice bunt to advance the runners 90 feet. Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) drove in the first run of the inning on a ground out to put the score at 3-2. Ramirez then came through with a big two-out, single to drive in his second run of the game and tie things up, 3-3. The Trojans were not done however, and against new Cardinal reliever Tyler Thorne, Ramirez advanced to second on a wild pitch, and Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) came through with a huge two-out, full-count single to left field to score Ramirez and give the Trojans the 4-3 lead.
Trojan starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) took his second win in as many games, settling in after a rocky first three frames for his longest outing of the year, eight complete innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits. More impressive was that the junior did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Sophomore righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in the ninth and recorded the save, but not before he made things interesting, with two on and just one out. Davis came through with a fly out to left field and a foul pop out to the first baseman to complete his second save of the season.
The Trojans and Cardinal will meet in game two of the series on Saturday at 3 p.m.