Trojans Fall 19-4 to Visiting Washington
March 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC just did not have it on Saturday afternoon, as the red-hot Washington Huskies tallied 19 runs on 25 hits to defeat the Trojans 19-4 in game two of the series at Dedeaux Field.
The Huskies entered the game having won 15 of their last 16 games and they continued their hot-hitting ways on Saturday as they got to Trojan starter Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) in the first inning and never looked back. Wheatley took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits through 2.1 innings of work, striking out two and walking two.
The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the second inning, making the score 2-1 at the time. Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) led off the inning with a triple. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) came through with the RBI groundout to plate the run.
The Huskies answered with four runs in the top of the third to pull ahead 6-1.
The Trojans added three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning off Husky reliever Alex Nesbitt. Reggie Southall (Gardena, Calif./Serra HS) led off the inning with a single, and Lacey singled with one out to put runners on the corners. Joe Corrigan (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) and Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) came through with back-to-back RBI singles to put two more on the board for the Trojans. They added a third on a fielder's choice RBI from Turner Clouse (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS), where the runner scored before the final out was recorded at home.
The Huskies Brian Wolfe led the way at the plate, going 4-for-6 with four runs scored and eight RBI, including two three-run home runs.
The 19 runs given up were the most by the Trojans since May 21, 2010 when the Trojans lost 20-7 at Washington State.
The Trojans will look to get back in the win column and avoid the sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The game marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the famed Dedeaux Field, which occurred on March 30, 1974.