Trojans Score First But Fall 4-2 to Visiting Stanford
April 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team got on the board first, plating two runs in the fifth inning off a double by Timmy Robinson, but Stanford scored four unanswered runs to take the first game of the Pac-12 series, 4-2 on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
Junior lefty Sean Silva (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College) made his first start for the Trojans. Silva went a solid 3.2 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, while striking out two and walking two.
The Trojans got to Cardinal ace Mark Appel in the bottom of the fifth, as AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) started off the inning with a leadoff single. Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) then singled with one out to put two runners on. Both Ramirez and Swick advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. With two outs, Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) singled the first pitch he saw up the middle to plate both Ramirez and Swick and put the Trojans up, 2-0.
Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered in the fourth inning to get the final out and put up a zero. He threw a total of 2.1 innings, looking strong until the top of the sixth, where he was one pitch away from getting out of the inning. However with two on, Brant Whiting took a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. The freshman finished with a season and career high four strikeouts in the outing.
The Cardinals tacked on one more unearned run in the top of the seventh, while Appel went 8.2 innings, before giving way to AJ Vanegas to get the final out of the game for the save, as the Trojans had two on and the potential game-winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
The Trojans were held to just two hits in the final four frames of the game. Overall James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and Ramirez led the way at the plate for the Trojans, both having two-for-four days.
The Trojans will try to even the series tomorrow (Saturday), as game two is set for 2 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The first 500 fans will get a few WE PLAY jersey t-shirts.