Strahan Complete-Game Shutout Propels the Trojans to a 1-0 Victory Over Arizona
April 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Junior ace Wyatt Strahan threw his first career complete-game shutout en route to a USC 1-0 victory in game one of the Pac-12 series against Arizona on Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.
Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) held the Wildcats, the best-hitting team in the Pac-12 entering the weekend to just five hits over nine innings, tallying eight strikeouts and just two walks. It was his second career complete game, but his first career complete-game shutout.
Freshmen designated hitter Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) had a day at the plate, going 3-for-3, driving in the Trojans only run of the day in the bottom of the first inning. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) and Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) each had one hit on the day as Wildcat starter James Farris held the Trojans to just six hits through eight innings of work.
The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the first inning and were able to hold on to the 1-0 lead through the following 7.5 frames. Stubbs led off the inning with a single to left center. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) laid down the sac bunt to advance Stubbs to second. Martinez then hammered the 2-1 pitch up the middle to score Stubbs from second. The run proved to be the game-winning single.
In the complete game, Strahan faced 34 batters, just seven more than the minimum. He got out of a two-on, one out jam in the top of the first with a 4-6-3 double play. In the top of the second he loaded the bases with one out after a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. The flame-thrower was able to get two big strikeouts and get out of the inning unscathed. After than he only allowed four Wildcats to reach base for the remainder of the game.
The Trojans and Wildcats will meet again tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The game will again be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.