Robinson Grand Slam Lifts No. 10 Trojans Over Visiting Oregon 13-5 in Come-From-Behind Fashion|
April 17, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10 USC Trojans came back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning to defeat visiting Oregon 13-6 behind an offensive explosion led by Timmy Robinson's first career grand slam on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (28-9, 9-4 Pac-12) worked back from a 4-0 deficit after the Ducks (22-17, 4-9 Pac-12) touched up starter Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) for four runs on two hits, along with taking advantage of a fielding error.
The Trojans were not going to go down easily however, and answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first off lefty starter Cole Irvin. The Trojans took advantage of hits by Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and two fielding errors by the Ducks to tally three runs. Robinson drove in one, the first of his five RBIs on the day, while Lacey drove in two of this three runs on the day in the first inning.
Wheatley settled in and put in two and two-thirds of shutout baseball after the four-run first inning to keep the Trojans in the game. Wheatley was replaced by reliever Tyler Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College), who entered in the bottom of the fourth to get the final out and then threw 3.1 subsequent innings of one-run baseball to earn the victory, as the Trojans took the lead in the bottom half of the fourth and never relinquished it.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans took advantage of some wildness from starter Irvin, who walked Stubbs to bring home the game-tying run with the bases loaded. Then with two down and the bases jacked, Robinson delivered the 1-1 pitch to deep left field for his first collegiate grand slam to break open the game, 8-4.
The Ducks got one back in the top of the seventh, but the Trojans answered with five more runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach, 13-5.
Reliver Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered in a key moment in the top of the eighth, with the bases loaded and just two outs and got Nick Catalano to pop out in foul territory down the first base line and then got a huge strikeout of Matt Eureste to end the threat. He then put up a zero in the top of the ninth to preserve the win.
Robinson's five RBIs tie his career high, set in 2013 at Utah.
Overall four different Trojans had multi-hit outings, while Robinson, Lacey and Stubbs drove in multiple runs on the day.
The Trojans and Ducks will meet in game two of the series tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.