Trojans Unable to Complete Series Sweep, Fall 15-5 at California in Game Three|
March 30, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - The series sweep was not to be for USC at Evans Diamond on Saturday afternoon, as it squandered an early 4-0 lead to fall in game three of the series, 15-5 to California.
Through the first four and a half innings, the Trojans (11-16) had a 4-0 lead, in part to a two-run home run by freshman Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), the first of his college career. Lacey had three RBIs for the Trojans, while James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) tallied another RBI.
Starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) was cruising through the first four innings, only allowing one hit to Jacob Wark, the only base runner during that period. Twomey also tallied eight strikeouts in his six innings of work, a career high for the freshman.
However, the bats came alive for the Golden Bears (16-12) in the bottom of the fifth, as Chris Paul hit a three-run home run to pull the team within one, 4-3. They would add on two more in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back home runs by Devon Rodriguez and Andrew Knapp to take a 5-4 lead.
The Bears broke open the game in the seventh inning, putting up eight runs. Three more of those runs were credited to Twomey, who took the loss in the game. The Trojan bullpen then combined for five more runs in the inning to give the Bears a 13-4 lead.
They tacked two more runs on in the bottom of the eighth to take a 15-4 lead. The Trojans answered in the top of the ninth with an RBI single from Lacey, and Conner Sullivan (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) came up with the bases loaded, but it was too late, as Bears' pitcher Jake Schultz induced a game-ending double play.
Dylan Nelson entered for the Bears in the top of the ninth, and earned the victory, throwing four complete innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits while striking out four and walking just one.
The Trojans return home to Dedeaux Field for a midweek game against UC Irvine on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT.