Trojans Drop Tough 3-0 Decision to TCU
May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Despite a strong outing from starter Kyle Twomey and opportunities for the USC offense, the Trojans dropped the rubber match of the series with TCU, 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans stranded five runners in scoring position and seven base runners in total as the offense just did not get going for the Trojans. Horned Frog starter Andrew Mitchell took the win as he went five complete innings and held the Trojans to only two runs, while striking out three and walking five.
USC starter Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) had a solid outing, going five complete innings, allowing only three runs on five hits, while walking three and coming one strikeout shy of tying his career high, as he finished with seven.
The game was sailing along until the top of the fifth, when the Horned Frogs took a 2-0 lead on a two-out bases-clearing triple by Jantzen Witte. The Trojans tried to answer in the bottom of the inning, as Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) drew a leadoff walk, but he was later caught stealing for the second out of the inning and the Trojans were unable to generate anything else in the inning.
The top of the sixth was a wild one, as the first batter in the inning for the Horned Frogs, Derek Odell was hit by an unintentional high, inside pitch that got away from Twomey. Odell began to charge the mound, and both benches cleared. When the dust settled, both Odell and Twomey were ejected from the game.
The Trojans brought in Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) and he was able to record two outs, but also walked the bases loaded. Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) gave up a first-pitch single to left field that drove in a run, but Trojan left fielder Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) gunned down the second Horned Frog attempted to score at the plate to end the inning, 3-0.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Trojans had two on, with no outs, but were unable to plate a run to close the gap. The Trojans again had a prime opportunity in the seventh with two on and one outs and again in the eighth, where they had two on and no outs.
The game ended in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on due to a hit-by-pitch, but he was thrown out trying to steal with two outs at second.
USC will head back out on the road on Tuesday, traveling to UC Irvine to face the Anteaters in its last midweek contest of the season.