Strahan Goes the Distance in 5-1 Victory Over Washington State|
May 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team evened its series with a 5-1 win over the visiting Washington State Cougars Saturday evening at Dedeaux Field, pounding out 14 hits to support the first career complete game for starter Wyatt Strahan.
Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) went the distance, scattering seven hits, surrendering one run and striking out six to pick up his fourth win of the season. The Trojans never trailed, getting on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second, two more in the fourth and single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Four Trojans had multi-hit games, but leading the offensive outburst was senior right fielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn), who finished the day four-for-four. , Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) had three hits, and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) each had a pair.
James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) led off the bottom of the second inning with a single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), putting the Trojans ahead 1-0 after two. Swick led off the fourth with a double and came around to score on a single from Robinson. Later in the inning, Stubbs executed a perfect hit and run, slapping a ground ball behind the shortstop and sending Robinson from first to third. Robinson came around to score on a wild pitch, putting the Trojans ahead 3-0.
Robinson led off the sixth with a single and came around to score on a single from Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS). Swick capped the Trojans' scoring in the seventh, driving in Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) to put the Trojans up 5-0.
The Cougars pushed a run across in the top of the ninth, but Strahan induced three straight groundouts to end the game.
The Trojans and Cougars finish the series with the rubber match Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.