USC Drops Makeup Game At WSU 3-1
May 15, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - The USC baseball team lost a makeup game with Washington State 3-1 Tuesday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. It is USC's fourth loss in as many days on a difficult road trip through the northwest. The Trojans fall to 22-25 overall (7-17 Pac-12) with the loss while the Cougars improve to 25-24 (10-14 pac-12).
The Cougars got on the board in the second as they strung together two doubles off Nigel Noootbaar (L 1-2) by Patrick Claussen and Jason Monda to take a 1-0 lead. Nootbaar then settled in for six impressive innings, allowing just three additional hits and no runs while striking out three.
Cougar's starter Joe Pistorese (3-3) tossed five shutout innings to improve take the win.
Freshman Wyatt Strahan took over in the eighth but after an infield single and a walk he would depart for Brad Dothit. Dothit was called for a balk and the runners would advance to second and third. Nate Blackham then delivered a two-run single to center to put Washington State up 3-0. USC went to the bullpen again for Matt Munson who entered to strike out Tommy Richards and got Ian Sagdal to roll out to second to end the inning.
The Trojans sent the middle of the order to the plate in the ninth as Matt Foat and Alex Sherrod reached on back-to-back singles. Brandon Garcia and James Roberts went down swinging on strikes leaving it up to freshman Dante Flores who singled to left to plate Foat for the Trojans first and only run. Anthony Drobnick retired Garrett Stubbs to end the game and earn his third save of the year.
The Trojans have now lost 15 of their last 18 games.
USC returns to action this Friday as they begin a weekend home series with Arizona at Dedeaux Field.