Trojans Blanked By Huskies In Series Opener
May 4, 2012
Washington's Aaron West pitched a brilliant complete-game shutout allowing just four hits and striking out six en route to a 7-0 victory Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Huskies (24-18, 9-10 Pac-12) capitalized on an early throwing error by Nigel Nootbaar as he tried to start a 1-4-3 double play and the throw sailed into center field. Washington would go on to put up three runs on five hits with RBI singles from Robert Pehl, Jayce Ray and Joe Meggs in the second inning.
Nootbaar (1-1) would depart in the third after a lead-off double and another single to give the Huskies runners on second and third. James Guillen would enter in relief allowing an RBI single to Trevor Mitsui to stretch the lead to 4-0 before working out of the jam.
Matt Munson entered in the fourth and would stabilize the Trojans (22-19, 7-11 Pac-12) for the time being as he didn't surrender a hit in three scoreless innings.
B.K. Santy singled off Brett Williams to plate Mitsui in the eighth and put the Huskies up 5-0.
Washington tacked another run on in the ninth on a Brenden Berry liner to right that scored Ray from second. Caleb Brown followed with a hard shot to right that got by Alex Sherrod allowing Berry to score from first to cap the scoring at 7-0.
Sophomore James Roberts managed to extend his hitting-streak to 19 games with a single in the second inning.
USC returns to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. for game two of the series at Dedeaux Field.