Overall Team Effort Lifts No. 10 Trojans Over Oregon State 11-3 in Game One|
April 24, 2015
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Behind a strong start from Tyler Gilbert, the No. 10 Trojans had an all-around effort on the offensive side, defeating the Oregon State Beavers 11-3 in game one of the series at Goss Stadium on Friday evening.
Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbra City College) threw seven complete innings, holding the Beavers (25-13, 8-8 Pac-12) to just four hits and three runs, while striking out 10 and walking just two.
Redshirt senior Angelo La Bruna (La Canada, Calif./Duke) was the offensive catalyst for the Trojans (30-11, 10-5 Pac-12) going 2-for-5 with his first collegiate home run and a bases-clearing double to lead the team with four RBI. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) each had three hits on the day. Overall the Trojans'11 runs came on 13 hits.
The Beavers got on the board first in the bottom of the third, as Caleb Hamilton delivered a solo home run to right field.
However, the Trojans quickly answer with two in the top half of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead, as Robinson and Lacey drove in runs.
Gilbert was outstanding through the next three innings, holding the Beavers scoreless.
The Trojans added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, with La Bruna's home run and a Robinson double.
With a 4-1 lead ,the Trojans chased Beaver starter Andrew Moore in the seventh inning, as the ace gave up six runs on nine hits through 6.1 innings of work. With that, the Trojans tacked on a total of six runs in the inning to bust open the game, 10-1.
The Trojans added one more in the top of the eighth to take an 11-1 lead.
The Beavers added two more in the bottom half of the eighth, as they chased Trojan starter Gilbert after he issued two walks to lead off the inning. Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered to get through the inning, allowing one hit and walking one as the Beavers plated two to make the score 10-3.
Andrew Wright (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) made his first Pac-12 appearance, entering in the bottom of the ninth to working out of a bases loaded jam with no outs after he allowed two singles and one walk to put up a zero.
Game two of the series is set for 1:35 p.m. PT on Saturday at Goss Stadium.