No. 8 USC Comes Out On Top Of Record-Setting 16-Inning Game With 3-2 Victory Over Washington|
March 28, 2015
SEATTLE, Wash. - In what is the longest recorded game since USC baseball records started being kept in 1921, the No. 8 Trojans defeated the host Washington Huskies 3-2 in 16 innings at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans (21-6, 3-2 Pac-12) were held scoreless by Husky (15-11, 2-6 Pac-12) starter Tyler Davis (8.1 innings) and reliever Troy Rallings (6.2 innings), before the Trojans rallied for three runs in the top of the 16th inning, keyed by a big slash single from Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) that gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) then followed with a two RBI single that gave the Trojans the 3-0 lead.
Those three runs proved to be key for the Trojans, since the Huskies made things interesting in the bottom half of the 16th inning with a two-run home run from Braden Bishop to pull within one.
Trojan starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) went seven complete innings, stranding Husky runners left and right to keep them off the board. He finished with four strikeouts and an uncharacteristic seven walks. Overall in the game the Huskies missed multiple opportunities, leaving 15 runners on base.
The Trojans finally capitalized in the top of the 16th inning against reliever Brandon Choate. Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) singled up the middle to start off the inning. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) then drew a walk to put two on with nobody out. Dempster then came to the plate, and against the wheel defense was able to complete the slash play, delivering a single into the spot up the middle where the shortstop had vacated. With the 1-0 lead, a wild pitch advanced Stubbs and Dempster 90 feet. Robinson then singled up the middle to plate two more runs to give the Trojans the 3-0 lead.
Tyler Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) threw two scoreless innings for the Trojans, before giving way to Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS). Huberman threw the first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the 12th for the Trojans and threw a career-high 6.2 innings of work, striking out five while walking four. After the Trojans took the 3-0 lead in the top of the 16th, he got two quick outs before walking Kyle London and giving up the home run to Bishop to make things interesting, 3-2. Alex Chavarria (Coachella, Calif./Indio HS) entered to strike out Levi Jordan looking to end the 4 hour and 41 minute game for his first career save.
The rubber match of the series is set for 1 p.m. PT tomorrow (Sunday) at Husky Stadium.