Despite Four Trojan Home Runs, USC Drops Road Contest at Pepperdine, 9-5
April 30, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Trojans launch four home runs, including two from redshirt senior Greg Zebrack, but it wasn't enough, as the Trojans fall victim to six unearned runs in the seventh inning, falling 9-5 at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
All of the Trojans' five runs came off home runs, as Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) hit solo home runs in the second and sixth innings, Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) added a solo shot in the top of the ninth and Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) hit a two-run bomb in the third inning.
Trojan starter Sean Silva (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College), despite having a rocky start where he allowed two runs in the first and another in the second, settled in to not allow another run through the next three frames. He went five complete innings, striking out three and walking just one, while allowing three runs on seven hits.
Despite being in an early 3-0 hole, the Trojans bounced back quickly, plating one run on Zebrack's home run in the second and another two runs in the third to tie thing up. In the third, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) singled to short with one out. He then advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher Aaron Brown. Then with two outs, Landecker homered to left field to plate two runs and tie the game up, 3-3.
In the top of the sixth, Zebrack struck again, taking a 4-3 lead on his second solo home run of the day.
However in the bottom of the seventh, things started to fall apart for the Trojans. Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), who entered in the bottom of the sixth and put up a zero, got one out before allowing a walk to Bryan Langlois. The next Wave batter reached on a fielding error by the Trojans' shortstop. A single by Waves' catcher Kolten Yamaguchi loaded the bases. Nootbaar then recorded the next out as he got Hutton Moyer to strikeout. With two outs, the game-tying run was plated on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, the Waves proceeded to plate five more unearned runs off Nootbaar and reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS). Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) finally recorded the third out, and put up a zero in the bottom of the eighth, but the damage was done.
In the top of the ninth, Swick homered with two outs to put the score at 9-5 Waves and the Trojans started a bit of a rally, as pinch hitter Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) earned a walk to extend the inning, but the next batter grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.
The Trojans will return home for the first time in eight games to host TCU in a three-game nonconference series beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT.