Trojans Complete 9-7 Comeback at UC Irvine in Wild Contest|
April 17, 2017
IRVINE, Calif. – The Trojans came out victors in a 9-7 see-saw battle at UC Irvine on Monday evening.
The Trojans (18-16) outhit the Anteaters (13-20) 16-8 in the 9-7 victory, as the Trojans overcame first a 3-0 deficit in the first inning and then a 6-2 deficit in the third inning for the third victory at Anteater Ballpark during the Dan Hubbs tenure.
Second baseman Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) led the Trojans at the plate, with a 3-for-5, three RBI, three runs scored day, along with two walks drawn. Catcher Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) was outstanding as well, tallying three hits on the day. Outfielders Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) and Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) each had two hits on the day, with Dempster driving in two runs, while Acosta delivered one.
The Trojans were able to overcome three defensive errors on the day, along with allowing a free pass to lead off the first seven innings. Overall the Trojan pitching staff walked nine batters and hit one more. Starter Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) went four innings, allowing seven runs, only three earned, on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Reliever Quentin Longrie (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra HS) shored things up for the Trojans, not allowing a hit through three innings, struggling only with four walks while striking out two. Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) put up a zero in the eighth, allowing two hits and one walk, but got out of the jam with an impressive 9-6-2 double play, where each of the base runners were tagged out. Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) allowed the tying run to come to the plate after a two-out walk, but he collected his second strikeout to end the game, collecting his fifth save of the year.
After three runs, one earned, came around to score in the first inning off Wegman, the Trojans answered with two of their own in the top of the third, after B. Perez drove in one run on a double and came around to score on a wild pitch.
However, the Anteaters again took advantage of two Trojan miscues in the bottom of the third, scored three runs (one earned) on just one hit to take the biggest lead of the day, 6-2.
The Trojans answered right back in the fourth inning, however, tallying five runs on five hits as they brought 10 men to the plate in the inning.
With a 7-6 lead, the Anteaters were not going to go down easily, and the game-tying run came home in the bottom of the fourth inning as Evan Cassolato just got under the tag at home plate on a nice throw from the outfield by Acosta on a Coss single.
The Trojans scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as Acosta came thru with an infield single to advance B. Perez to third, allowing him to score on a fielding error on the slowly hit ball by the second baseman.
The Trojans locked in with a 8-7 lead, getting out of a huge jam in the eighth with the unconventional 9-6-2 double play, where both base runners were tagged out after a bloop single by Keston Hiura to no-man’s-land down the right field line to end the inning.
In the ninth the Trojans added a big insurance run as Acosta came home from third on a wild pitch after being hit-by-pitch to lead off the inning, advancing on a sac bunt and a single.
Longrie took the win for the Trojans to improve to 3-1 on the year, while Johnston took the loss for Irvine, 2-1.
The Trojans and Anteaters will be back in action on Tuesday, April 18 at Dedeaux Field. First pitch set for 6 p.m. PT.