Trojans Drop Rubber Match at Washington, 8-3
March 24, 2013
SEATTLE - Despite a four-hit day from James Roberts, the USC baseball team fell 8-3 on Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark to drop the Pac-12 series at Washington, 2-1.
The Trojans (9-15, 2-4 Pac-12) tallied 10 hits against the Huskies (6-16, 2-4 Pac-12), with Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) having a four-for-five day, scoring two of three of the Trojans' runs and driving in one. Freshman AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) also had a strong day, going two-for-three and drove in one run.
The Trojans got on the board first, with the leadoff batter Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) getting hit-by-pitch, advancing to second on a groundout and setting the stage for a two-out single from Roberts.
Trojan starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS)worked out of jams in the early innings, until the Huskies touched the lefty up for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth the Trojans got things started with back-to-back singles from Roberts and Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS). Roberts advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then came around to score on another wild pitch from starter Trevor Dunlap. The Trojans then had runners at second and third with only one out, but Husky reliever Zach Wright induced a double play to end the inning with the score, 3-2.
In the sixth inning, the Huskies got to Trojan reliever Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), plating five runs on three hits with one walk. Nootbaar only lasted a third of an inning, before Mar Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) entered to get the final two outs of the inning, but the damage had been done and the Trojans trailed, 8-2.
The Trojans got on the board one more time in the top of the eighth, as Roberts led off with a double, and Ramirez delivered at two-out single up the middle to score Roberts and put the score at 8-3.
In the top of the night the Trojans threatened with two runners on and one out, but were unable to put together a rally.
The team will return to Los Angeles, before heading back out on the road for a three-game Pac-12 set starting on Thursday at California.