Trojans Defeat California 4-3 in a Historic Day at Evans Diamond
March 28, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - The USC baseball game took the first game ever under the lights at California's Evans Diamond by a score of 4-3 on Thursday evening.
The Trojans (10-15) plated the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as a two-out RBI single dribbler down the third base line by Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) scored Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) from third base.
Overall the Trojan offense tallied 10 hits, including a solo home run by AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS), his first collegiate home run. Landecker, Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn), and Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) each had two hits on the day. Landecker had two RBIs in the win. Trojan starter Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) had another stellar start, going seven complete innings, allowing only one unearned run on four hits, while only walking one and striking out three. Wheatley showed great control in the no-decision, not issuing a walk until the seventh inning.
The Trojans got on the board first, as Zebrack, the leadoff hitter, started off the top of the first inning with a double. He advanced to third on a passed ball and was scored by Landecker with an RBI ground out.
The Bears tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
In the fifth inning, Ramirez led off the inning with a home run, as he deposited the 0-2 pitch over the left field fence, which was temporary today with the new lights at Evans Diamond.
In the top of the sixth the Trojans' mounted a two-out rally, as James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) singled up the middle to plate Landecker from third base. Landecker got on with a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved over to third on a groundout by Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS).
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Wheatley's day was over, as he gave way to left handed pitcher Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS). Adler got into trouble, as the Bears strung together some hits and set the stage for Andrew Knapp to deliver a one-out single to score a run. Later in the inning, Adler had runners at second and third, two outs. He intentionally loaded the bases with a walk to Chirs Paul, but then he walked Halamendaris on four pitches to walk in what was the game-tying run, 3-3. With the bases loaded, Adler was lifted for Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS), who struck out the final batter to end the inning.
The Trojans took advantage of runners on the corners, with two-outs in the top of the ninth. Landecker hit a little dribbler down the left field line, and the third baseman was unable to make the play, scoring Robinson from third base. Davis remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, getting the win and striking out one through 1.1 innings.
The Trojans and Bears will meet again tomorrow under the lights at Cal. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., with the final game of the series at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday. Saturday's game is set to broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.