Trojans Unable to Dig Out of Early Hole, Fall 6-3 to Arizona State
April 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Visiting No. 15 Arizona State jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, and the Trojans were unable to chase them down, dropping game two of the weekend series 6-3 Saturday at Dedeaux Field.
Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) battled through the rocky first inning and kept the Trojans in the game but took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and one walk. He also tallied a pair of strikeouts on the day. Arizona State came out swinging after being one-hit Friday night, stringing together three hits and a walk to jump out to the early 2-0 lead after a half a frame.
The Trojans answered in the bottom of the third, as senior centerfielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) hit a one-out double down the left field line and came around to score on a single from Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) to cut the deficit in half. James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) followed with another single to put runners at first and second, but Arizona State starter Ryan Kellogg was able to induce a double play to end the inning and keep the score at 2-1.
Landecker and Roberts each finished the day with a pair of hits and an RBI.
The Sun Devils would answer immediately in the top of the fourth, stringing together four singles to push their lead to 4-1.
Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) helped get the Trojans back on the board in the home half of the sixth, starting the inning with a leadoff single and coming around to score on a single from catcher Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS), putting the score at 4-2.
Strahan put up a zero in the seventh before freshman righty Shane Gonzales (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) worked a scoreless eighth to send the game to the ninth at 4-2, but Arizona State would add a pair of runs in the ninth on a two-run home run from leadoff hitter Kasey Coffman, who finished the day with four hits, and three RBI.
The Trojans added a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double from Roberts, but that would be as close as they would get, falling 6-3.
The rubber match of the series is set for 2 p.m. PT tomorrow (Sunday) at Dedeaux Field. The game will be telecast live on ESPNU.