Trojans Fall 11-4 in Game Two of Series vs. California|
May 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team fell 11-4 in game two of the Pac-12 series vs. California on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans got in a 5-1 hole through four innings and were never able to fully recover. The team was also hampered by fielding errors, that extended innings and as the Golden Bears finished with 11 runs on 10 hits.
The Trojans pulled within one, 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but stranded 11 base runners.
Golden Bear first baseman Devon Rodriguez launched two home runs, a three-run shot in the top of the third inning, and another two-run shot in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach. He finished 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored.
The Trojans pulled within one run in the sixth inning. Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Dante Flores (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) doubled to right field to plate Stahel and put the score at 5-4 Cal. That was the end of the Bears' starter Kyle Porter, who was replaced by reliever Dylan Nelson. Trojan pinch hitter Omar Cotto Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico/The Bonneville School) delivered the sac bunt to advance the tying run to third with just one out. However, the Trojans were unable to bring home the runner, and he was stranded at third base.
The Bears added three more runs in the seventh and ninth innings to take the game, 11-4.
The rubber match of the series is set for 1 p.m. PT on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.