Trojans Outdueled as They Fall 2-0 to No. 1 Oregon State|
May 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC baseball held the No. 1-ranked Oregon State Beavers to just three hits, but the Trojans were outdueled by Beaver starter Ben Wetzer's complete game three-hit shutout as the Trojans fell 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Trojan starter Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) gave up two runs on two hits with two outs in the first inning that proved to be the difference in the game. In the inning Strahan was plagued by three walks in the inning, as two of those walks came around to score. In his final six innings of work, Strahan held the Beavers to just one hit. He struck out five while walking eight batters and giving up just three hits.
The Trojans had some good opportunities offensively against Beavers' ace Wetzler. The Trojans had runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and fifth innings. The Beavers' defense behind Wetzler proved to be the difference. In the second inning, Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) was robbed of a sure RBI double off a great catch by the Beavers' third baseman Davis, who then doubled off the runner Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) on second. The Beavers turned four key double plays on the day. In the top of the ninth inning, sophomore Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) was robbed of a home run in left centerfield as Beaver center fielder Jeff Hendrix made a leaping grab at the fence to bring the ball back into the park.
Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), Omar Cotto Lozada (San Juan, Puerto Rico/The Bonneville School) and Lacey tallied accounted for the Trojans' offense as they each had one hit on the day.
The Beaver victory, coupled by a Washington Husky loss last night means the Beavers are the Pac-12 champions outright and have earned the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Game three of the series and Senior Day for the Trojans' six seniors is tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.