Trojans Take Care of Business, Defeat Hawai'i 10-4|
April 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball took advantage of its opportunities on Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field, tallying 10 runs on 12 hits to take care of Hawai'i 10-4.
The Trojans were led at the plate by Jake Hernandez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS), who was 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) each had two RBI on the day. Overall, seven different Trojans had a hit, with four having multi-hit outings at the dish.
Sophomore righty Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) had a strong start for the Trojans, going 4.2 innings, allowing only two runs (one earned) on six hits. He struck out three and walked two in the no-decision. Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS), who entered in the fifth to record the final out, earned the win in 1.1 innings of no-hit baseball. Closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) entered in a high-pressure situation, with bases loaded, two outs and the Trojans leading, 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth. He recorded the strikeout and then put up a zero in the top of the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
The Trojans got on the board in the top of the first on a fielder's choice RBI from Robinson. They added three more in the bottom of the third to take an early 4-0 lead.
The Rainbow Warriors cut the lead to two as they took advantage of a throwing error and got to starter Kriske with two runs on two hits.
In the sixth the Trojans took back the two runs, this time using two Rainbow Warrior errors to their advantage to make the score 6-2.
The Rainbow Warriors tallied on two more runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 6-4 and the Trojans were in a bit of a jam in the top of the eighth as the bases were loaded on three-straight singles. With two outs, Davis entered to get the Trojans out of the jam with a big strikeout.
The Trojans finally broke open the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Trojans scored four runs on four hits to push the score that held up through the top of the ninth, 10-4. Swick, Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), Martinez and Hernandez each drove in a run in the inning.
The Trojans have a short week as they prepare to head to crosstown rival UCLA on Thursday. Game one of the key Pac-12 series is set for 6 p.m. PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The game will be telecast live on Pac-12 Networks.