Trojans Dominate Washington State 11-0 Behind Nootbaar's Complete-Game Shutout
May 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Nigel Nootbaar threw his first career complete-game shutout, as the Trojans tallied an impressive 11 runs on 17 hits to take the rubber match and the series over Washington State with an 11-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
In just his third start this season, Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) scattered seven hits over his nine innings of work, walking three and striking out three, while not allowing a run.
At the plate, the Trojans' 17 team hits were the most in a nine-inning game this season. Junior infielder Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) led the way with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring three runs. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) was also impressive, as he took advantage of his first start since April 19 with a 3-for-5 day with two RBIs. Four additional Trojans had two-hit performances.
The rubber match was scoreless until the Trojans took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) reached on an error and the second runner got on as Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) was hit by the pitch. That set the stage for a double by Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) to drive in the first run. Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) and Swick then had back-to-back singles to drive in the second and third runs. That was the end to Cougar starter Jason Monda, who took the loss as he gave up three unearned runs on four hits and one strikeout through three innings of work.
The Trojans tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single from Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and a sacrifice fly from Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS). Both runs were charged to reliever Sean Hartnett.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans added on four more runs to pull their lead to 9-0. Swick and Lacey both drove in two runs apiece in the inning.
The final two runs came in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Trojans scored two unearned runs on a two-out RBI double from Bozoian.
In the top of the ninth, the Cougars threatened with two two-out singles and a walk, before the final out was recorded with no damage done to Nootbaar's complete game.
The Trojans will host crosstown rival UCLA in a three-game Pac-12 series at Dedeaux Field, beginning at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, May 17.