Davis Pitching Gem, Home Run by Ramirez Lifts Trojans Over Stanford 1-0|
May 8, 2015
LOS ANGELES - All the No. 15 Trojans needed in game one vs. Stanford was an opposite field solo home run by AJ Ramirez and Kyle Davis took care of the rest, throwing his second-career complete game to lift the Trojans over the Cardinal 1-0 on Friday evening.
Both starters threw well in the opening game of the series, as Cardinal (20-27, 6-16 Pac-12) starter Brett Hanewich went six innings, scattering seven hits and walking just on with four strikeouts, but he gave up a solo home run to the opposite field to the searing hot, reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) in the third inning that proved to be the difference in the pitchers' duel.
The home run was the eighth of the season for Ramirez and the most in a single season by a Trojan in the BBCOR bat era began in 2011.
Trojan (33-15, 14-8 Pac-12) starter Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) was impressive in just his second start of the year, throwing his first-career shutout, scattering six hits and striking out a season-high 10, while walking just two.
The start for Davis was just his second of the season, as the former closer has struggled with some nagging injuries. In four career starts, he has thrown two complete games, with the previous one coming in a 3-1 must-win victory over Oregon State in the final game of the 2014 season.
Davis, who's longest outing of the season until today was 4.1 innings in relief against TCU, was shaky in the top of the ninth, but was able to get out a bases-loaded jam with a big strikeout. After the Cardinal had back-to-back singles to start off the top of the ninth, the gutty Davis was able to get pinch hitter Jack Klein to pop up the sac bunt attempt to him for the first out. He then tallied his ninth strikeout of the day as he got pinch hitter Jess Kuet swinging for the second out. After unintentionally intentionally walking Quinn Brodey, he finally won a long battle with Alex Dunlap, getting him to swing and miss to collect his 10th strikeout of the day to end the game.
Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) and Ramirez led the way offensively for the Trojans, each with two hits on the day.
The Trojans and Cardinal will meet for game two of the series at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.