Trojans Pull Through for Close 2-1 Victory Over California in Game One
May 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team won a tight 2-1 contest over visiting California on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field to take game one of the series.
The Trojans keyed off a strong seven innings of one-run baseball from starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS), who earned the win while striking out eight batters. Sophomore lefty Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) put up a zero in an inning of relief, and closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) slammed the door with his team-leading seventh save of the year.
The offense put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth, overtaking the Bears' one-run lead that they held from the second inning and never looked back. Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) led off the inning with an infield single, but he was erased as Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) reached on a fielder's choice. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) delivered his first of two triples of the day, this one to deep right-center field to plate Flores and tie the game, 1-1. With two down, Reggie Southall (Gardena, Calif./Serra HS) singled the first pitch he saw to drive in the eventual game-winning run.
The Golden Bears made things interesting in the top of the ninth, as Mike Reuvekamp led off the inning with a single up the middle against the closer Davis. Aaron Knapp attempted to sac bunt him to second, but the Trojans were able to get the lead runner at second on a close play, and Knapp reached on a fielder's choice. Jacob Wark drew a walk, putting two on with one out for the big-hitting Devon Rodriguez. Davis got Rodriguez to strikeout for the second out of the inning. He then induced a ground out to first base from Lucas Erceg to get out of the jam and preserve the Trojan victory.
Robinson led the Trojans with two doubles and a single on the day, as he was 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
The Trojans and Golden Bears will meet in game two of the series on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. PT. The game will be preceded by a ceremony honoring the Trojans' five-straight national title teams.