USC Bats Come Alive in a 7-4 Victory that Evens the Pac-12 Series at Utah
April 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Trojan bats came back alive on Saturday, tallying 10 hits in a 7-4 victory over Utah to take game two of the series at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) led the Trojans as they went 2-for-4 at the plate, with Lacey and Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) each driving in two runs. Overall, eight different Trojans had hits in the game, including Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), who extended his hit streak to a team-high 11 games.
On the mound, Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) settled in after a rocky first inning, to go a complete eight innings, scattering six hits, and allowing only one run while striking out six and walking four. Strahan earned his second victory in the game to improve his record to 2-2.
After a less than stellar game yesterday, the Trojans came out firing in the top of the first inning. With one out, Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. Flores and James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) showed patience at the plate, drawing back-to-back walks by Ute starter Dalton Carroll. That set the stage for Lacey to drive in his first run of the day and put the Trojans up, 1-0.
The Utes answered in the bottom half of the inning, as one-out walk followed by a double, put runners at second and third. Strahan recorded the second out of the inning with a strikeout, but then lost the strike zone, as he walked back-to-back runners to walk in the game-tying run.
To start the second inning, Stubbs led off with an infield single, before Carroll recorded a strikeout. However, with a 0-1 count to designated hitter Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), bad weather moved over Spring Mobile Ballpark, and the game was suspended in a rain delay for about an hour. When play resumed, Stahel picked right back up for the Trojans, with a single to left field to put runners on the corners. Zebrack then laid down an excellent bunt, as Coach Hubbs put on the safety squeeze to put the Trojans up, 2-1. Flores then singled to drive in the second run of the game and give the Trojans a 3-1 lead.
After the rain delay, Strahan settled in, retiring 19-of-26 batters from the second through eighth innings. The Trojans twice ended innings with double plays.
In the fourth inning, the Trojans piled on three more runs, with Flores and Lacey driving in two more runs, while Roberts scored on a heads up play, as the Utes' catcher made a bad throw on a back pick to first base. The Trojans chased Ute starter Carroll in the inning, as he was replaced by Joe Pond.
In the seventh inning, the Trojans tacked on their final run of the day to take a 7-1 lead, as Stubbs singled in Robinson who doubled in a two-out rally.
The Utes touched up the Trojan relievers a bit in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs on reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) and Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered to record the final out of the inning as the Trojans won, 7-4.
The rubber match of the series is set for 12 p.m. MT tomorrow at Spring Mobile Ballpark.