Trojans Finish Season with Pac-12 Series at Arizona
May 24, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Although the Trojans matched Arizona through nine and a half frames, a walk off single in the bottom of the 10th saw the Trojans fall 4-3 in 10 innings at Hi Corbett Field on Friday evening.
The Trojans matched the Wildcats in nearly every facet of the offensive game, tallying 11 hits, but the Trojans left five runners on base in the loss. Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) each had two hits, while Flores, Lacey and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) each had an RBI in the contest.
Trojan starter Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) took the no decision in the game, going six complete innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, while walking one and striking out two.
Through the first four frames both Trojan starter Bob Wheatley and Wildcat starter Konner Wade pitched well, putting up zeros and keeping the game scoreless.
In the top of the fifth, the Trojans got on the board, taking a 1-0 lead off an RBI single from Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS). With one out, Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) laced a triple to right field, setting up Lacey for his RBI single.
The Wildcats answered in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating two runs to take a 2-1 lead. After the defense made a stellar play to cut down the runner at home on a 9-2-6-2 putout at home for the second out, Wheatley intentionally walked Wildcat slugger Brandon Dixon to load the bases. Kevin Newman came through with a single through the left side hole to score two and give the Wildcats the lead.
The Trojans had an excellent chance to answer in the top of the sixth, as Stubbs led off the inning with a single. Then with one out, James Roberts (Cupertino, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) was hit-by-the-pitch to put two on with one out, but a 6-4-3 double play ground out ends the inning.
The Wildcats put another run on the board in the top of the seventh as a wild pitch advanced the runner to third base with one out. Joseph Maggi connected on a single to left field to put the score at 3-1, Wildcats.
In the top of the seventh, Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) led off the inning with a triple to left field. After a battle of an at bat, Flores hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Swick and pull the Trojans within one, 3-2.
Then with two outs, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), who got on with a fielder's choice, stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Stahel singled to right field to score Robinson and tie the game at 3-3.
Freshman righty Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) enters in relief of Wheatley in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Davis allows a walk to Brandon Dixon, but he is gunned by Stubbs, trying to steal second, for Stubbs' conference-leading 22 baserunner caught stealing of the year. Davis recorded the final out of the inning to put up his first zero of the night.
Trojans with opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings, but they were unable to push across a run. The Wildcats threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on second and two outs, but Davis was able to get a popup to end the inning and head to extras.
In the top of the 10th, Stahel was hit-by-the-pitch to put a runner on. The Trojans tried to bunt him to second, but he was thrown out at second on fielder's choice. Wildcat starter Konner Wade was finally pulled from the game, giving way to Matthew Troupe. The first pitch Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) saw he laceed to left field, but Wildcat right fielder Scott Kingery makes a stellar diving catch to rob Landecker of the hit and end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Wildcat leadoff hitter was hit-by-the-pitch to put the runner on by Davis. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second with one out. Gibbons then came to the plate and singled up the middle to plate the run from second and end the game, with the Trojans falling, 4-3. Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. PT on Saturday.