Trojans Drop Tough 8-2 Contest to Washington in Game One of Series
March 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team dropped a tough game one of its series against the streaking Washington Huskies 8-2, at Dedeaux Field on Friday evening.
The Huskies jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first four frames and never looked back, tacking on runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth to take the 8-2 victory.
Husky starter Jared Fisher held the Trojans to just two runs, one earned, on seven hits through 8.1 innings of work.
The Trojans got on the board in the fifth inning, as pinch hitter Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) reached on an error by the Husky shortstop. With one out, Omar Cotto Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico/The Bonneville School), laid down the perfect bunt down the third base line, reaching base for a single and advancing to second on an errant throw by the catcher. With runners on second and third, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) delivered the sacrifice fly to score Lacey from third and make the score 5-1 Huskies.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the score 8-1 Huskies, the Trojans got to starter Fisher, after a one-out leadoff triple from Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) tripled to deep center field. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) came through with the RBI single to plate the run and put the score at 8-2. That was all that was written, however, as Husky reliever Will Ballowe entered to record the final two outs of the game.
Trojan flamethrower Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) had an uncharacteristic start, only going five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking three.
Sophomore lefty reliever Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) was a bright spot for the Trojans, striking out an impressive six batters, including a string of four-straight over three innings of work. He held the Huskies to just two hits in his appearance.
The Trojans and Huskies will meet for game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT.