A Well-Rounded Offensive Performance Carries the Trojans to a 9-5 Victory at California
March 29, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif.- The Trojans offense went to work today, putting together nine runs on 14 hits as the Trojans took game two and the series at California with a 9-5 victory at Evans Diamond on Friday evening.
USC starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) earned his long overdue first win of the year, going six complete innings, allowing only four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out one. Freshman Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) earned a three-inning save, his first of the year, allowing the Golden Bears only one run on run hit while striking out two.
The Trojans and Strahan had to work out of an early innings hole, as Andrew Knapp had a two-run home run to put the Bears up 2-0 in the bottom of the first. The Bears then tacked on another run in the bottom of the second to put the Trojans in a 3-0 hole.
In the top of the fourth, the Trojans got a two-out rally started with back-to-back singles by James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS). That set the stage for Bobby Stahel(Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) to double to left field to drive in the first run of the day for the Trojans. Bozoian then added another single to plate both Ramirez and Stahel and tie the game up, 3-3.
The Bears answered in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out RBI single to take the lead back, 4-3.
The Trojans opened up a big inning in the top of the fifth, as they strung together three singles with one out to plate a run. With a new pitcher on the mound, Ramirez singled down the right field line to put the Trojans up, 5-3. The Trojans scored one more run to take a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Trojans broke the game open, knocking around Bears' reliever Kyle Porter, tallying three runs on four hits in a third of an inning. Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn), Timmy Robinson(Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and Lacey each had RBI singles in the inning to put the Trojans up, 9-4.
The Bears tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the ninth, as they loaded the bases and scored on a fielder's choice, but Wheatley was able to shut things down without any further damage and earn his first career save.
The Trojans will look for the series sweep over the Golden Bears with a game-three 12 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. The game will be telecast live on the Pac-12 Networks.