No. 6 Trojans Drop Rubber Match 8-3 to Visiting No. 7 UCLA|
April 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 6 Trojans dropped the rubber match of the series 8-3 to the visiting No. 7 UCLA Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (26-8, 8-3 Pac-12) answered a top of the first run by the Bruins (25-7, 12-3) with two in the bottom of the first, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) doubled with one out and then came around to score as Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) reached and advanced to second on a two-base error by Bruin shortstop Kevin Kramer. Then with two outs, Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) singled up the middle to bring home the second run and give the Trojans the 2-1 lead.
The Bruins tied things back up in the top of the third, cashing in on a Brett Stephens' leadoff triple as Ty Moore brought him home with an RBI ground out.
The tide changed in a big sixth inning, as Luke Persico led off the inning with a double and Moore followed with a double of his own to put the Bruins up 3-2. Then after a flyout advanced Moore to third, Kort Peterson lined out to left field and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) made perfect throw to the plate, that Stubbs collected but couldn't hold onto after a harsh collision at the plate with Moore. The next batter, Darrell Miller Jr. hit a solo home run to put the Bruins up 5-3 and starter Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) saw his day end.
The Trojans added on a run in the bottom of the sixth, as Martinez delivered the sac fly with two on, but Tucker Forbes entered in relief of starter Griffin Canning and recorded the final two outs after the sac fly.
Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) threw 2.2 innings in relief, holding the Bruin offense hitless, while walking one and striking out two to keep the game close, 5-3. Huberman was pulled for Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) with one down and nobody on in the top of the ninth. The Bruins rallied to string together three hits and eventually scored three runs on four hits to make the score 8-3 going into the bottom of the ninth.
Bruin reliever David Berg, who entered in the eighth inning, set down the Trojans in order in the bottom of the ninth for his eighth save of the year.
The Trojans will look to regroup on Tuesday as they travel to Pepperdine for a 3 p.m. PT game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.