Trojans Bats Go Cold in 3-1 Loss to UC Irvine|
April 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team was unable to string enough hits together and dropped a nonconference game to visiting UC Irvine, 3-1 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) led the way with three of the Trojans' five hits, including a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, coming around to plate the Trojans' only run of the day on an RBI single from Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS).
Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) got the start for the Trojans and worked around some early trouble to get the Trojans through three innings, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out three.
The Anteaters plated one run apiece in the second and third innings, respectively, on a sac fly and a single to take a 2-0 lead.
Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered in the fourth and threw a solid three innings, allowing only one hit, no runs and no walks, while striking out one to keep the Trojans within two.
The Trojans cut into the lead with a run off Robinson's single in the fifth inning to put the score at 2-1. However, that would be as close as the Trojans would get. Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) gave up the Anteaters' third run of the game, in the seventh off double down the left field line. He then pitched out of trouble in the top of the eighth, inducing an inning-ending double play to keep the score at 3-1.
Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) shut things down in the top of ninth inning, giving the Trojans a chance, however they came up empty in the bottom half of the inning to end the game, 3-1.
The Trojans remain at home to host Stanford in a Pac-12 series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. PT.