Trojans Fall to Visiting TCU, 5-4
May 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Despite having a lead through seven innings, the Trojans fell 5-4 to visiting TCU in game one of the series at Dedeaux Field on Thursday evening.
The Trojan offense got going early in the game, finishing with 10 hits for the first time in four games. Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) led the Trojans with a 3-for-4 day, scoring two runs. James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) and Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) both went 2-for-4 on the day.
Starter Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) finished with a no-decision in a strong outing, going six complete innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out two.
The Trojans got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of two errors by the Horned Frogs' second baseman. With the bases loaded, Roberts drove in the first run with a single. Then with one out, Zebrack singled to left field to drive in the second run of the game. However, the Horned Frogs got out of the inning with a double play.
The Trojans gave one run back in the top of the second with a leadoff double and a single up the middle.
In the bottom of the third, Landecker led off the inning with a double and Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) singled and advanced to second on an errant throw to third from the right fielder. With runners on second and third and one out, Lacey drove in the Trojans' third run on a single. However, the Trojans were unable to put anymore on the board in the inning.
After the Horned Frogs pulled within one in the top of the fifth, the Trojans answered in the bottom half of the inning, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) led off the inning with a double and came around to score, putting the Trojans ahead 4-2.
The Horned Frogs were able to pull within one in the top of the seventh and took the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring two runs with two outs.
The Trojans got a runner at second in the bottom half of the ninth after a leadoff walk and a sac bunt, but they were unable to plate a run, stranding the runner at second.
The second game of the series is set to begin at 6 p.m. PT on Friday at Dedeaux Field.