Trojans Drop 14-Inning Marathon Contest to Washington, 8-3
March 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES - In a 14-inning marathon, the USC baseball team hung with the Washington Huskies through 13 innings, before giving up five in the top of the 14th to eventually fall, 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
40 years ago today the first game ever was played at Dedeaux Field, as Russ McQueen threw a no-hitter in the first half of a double header against California. Today, McQueen threw out the first pitch to commemorate the occasion.
The Trojans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third inning, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) came through with an RBI groundout to plate Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) from third, after he started the Trojan rally with a single to lead off the inning. Reggie Southall (Gardena, Calif./Serra HS), who made his first career start at shortstop in the game, then came around to score on a Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) triple to put the Trojans head, 2-0.
The Huskies answered with a run in the top of the fourth inning to make it 2-1. They then took a momentary lead in the top of the fifth as Trevor Mitsui blasted a two-run home run.
In the bottom half of the inning, however, the Trojans responded with a run of their own to tie things up. With one out, Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) singled and then with two outs, AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) was hit by the pitch to put two on. Against new pitcher Trevor Dunlap, Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) singled to bring home Swick from second and tie the game.
The Trojans and Huskies then exchanged zeroes through the next seven frames. For the Trojans, Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) was stellar out of the pen, going six complete innings of shutout baseball, only allowing the hot-hitting Huskies three hits, while striking out six and walking one. His six strikeouts were are season and career high for the sophomore.
The Trojans had opportunities to finish off the Huskies, with baserunners in the ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th innings. The Trojans hit into inning-ending double plays in the 10th and 12th innings. In the 13th inning they had runners on first and second one out, but were unable to plate a run.
In the top of the 14th inning, the Trojans got in trouble, as new pitcher Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS) had one get away from him to hit the leadoff batter and then he issued a walk to put two Huskies on with no outs. Sophomore Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) entered. After an error issues to Wheatley on a mishandled sac bunt attempt by Jack Meggs loaded the bases, a sac fly from Branden Berry plated the go-ahead run for the Huskies. The flood gates then opened, as back-to-back singles by Husky hitters and two errors by the left fielder plated two more runs. Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) entered in relief, and two more singles allowed two more runners to come home, making it 8-3 after a five-run inning before the final two outs were recorded.
The Trojans had a base runner in the 14th, but were unable to start a rally.
The Trojans will be back in action at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as they host Long Beach State.