USC Comes Up Short Against No. 8 UCLA
May 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team was unable to counter a 5-run seventh inning , dropping game two of the weekend series 7-6 to crosstown rival No. 8 UCLA Saturday at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans matched the Bruins with seven hits in the game, but stranded six baserunners, and the pitching staff surrendered a costly 10 walks in a game that came down to one run.
At the plate, James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) led the team with two RBIs on sacrifice flies, while by Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) each had two hits.
Trojan starter Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) threw a solid 6.1 innings, but took the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while striking out two.
The Trojans got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth, as Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) led off the inning with a walk and moved around to third on a double by Landecker. Roberts scored Stubbs with a sac fly, and Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) singled putting runners at the corners with one out. Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) plated Landecker with a sac fly to put the Trojans up 2-0. Zebrack then scored on a wild pitch to cap the fourth-inning outburst and put the Trojans up 3-0 after four.
The Bruins answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, as Brian Carroll and Kevin Kraemer delivered RBI singles and broke things open in the seventh with five runs on two hits, as a costly error with one-out prolonged the inning.
The Trojans entered the bottom half of the inning trailing 7-3, but were not going to go down without a fight. They touched up Bruin reliever Cody Poteet, as Stahel led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) had back-to-back base hits, with Robinson's driving in the first run of the inning to make things, 7-4. The Bruins made another pitching change, bringing in Zach Weiss.
Stubbs drew a walk, and with the bases loaded, Landecker was hit by the pitch to bring home a run and pull the Trojans to within two. Roberts then delivered his second sacrifice fly of the day to plate Robinson and the third run of the inning to put the score at 7-6, Bruins. UCLA then went to closer David Berg, who induced a ground out to end the seventh inning.
The Trojans had an opportunity to tie things up in the eighth, with a runner at second and only one out, and again had a baserunner in the ninth with a two-out single from Landecker, but they were unable to push across the equalizer.
Game three of the series is set for 1 p.m. PT tomorrow (Sunday) at Dedeaux Field.