Trojans Drop Game Two of the Series Against Stanford, 10-3
April 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team hung with the visiting Stanford Cardinal through the first five frames, trading runs and keeping the game close, but the Cardinal pulled away in the sixth and the Trojans were unable to catch up, eventually falling 10-3 in game two of the series at Dedeaux Field on Saturday afternoon.
Trojan starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) threw a lot of pitches early to get out of jams, but was only able to go 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits, while walking five and striking out four.
The Trojans got on the board early, touching up Cardinal starter Marcus Brakeman for a run in the bottom of the first, as Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) doubled down the right field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven on an RBI single to the shortstop by Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS).
However, the Cardinal answered with two runs in the top of the second, as Strahan got into some trouble, walking the bases loaded with one out, and two would come around to score on an error by the first baseman.
With the score 2-1, Cardinal, the Trojans wasted no time, as they answered in the bottom half of the second inning, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) doubled to leadoff the inning, and Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) singled to put runners on the corners. Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) then was hit-by-the-pitch to load the bases, setting the stage for Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), who singled to right field to tie the game, 2-2.That was the end to Cardinal starter Brakeman's day, as he was lifted for reliever Logan James. James got a strikeout and induced a double play to end the inning.
The Cardinal tallied one more run off starter Strahan in the top of the fifth before he was lifted for reliever Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS). Wheatley ended any further threat as he got Zach Hoffpauir to hit into an inning ending double play.
The Trojans tallied the equalizer in the bottom half of the inning, as Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) singled and Landecker doubled to put runners on second and third, one out. Lacey drove in Zebrack on an RBI groundout to the shortstop.
However, that is as close as the Trojans would get, as they never took a lead, and the Cardinal offense tallied two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh, three in the eighth and one in the ninth to push their lead to 10-3 off the Trojans' bullpen.
The Trojans will look to take the final game of the series on tomorrow (Sunday), as the face off with the Cardinal at 1 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.