Trojans Drop Game Two at Arizona, 18-4
May 25, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Despite fighting back from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, the Trojans were unable to stop Arizona's offense, as they fell 18-4 in game two of the series at Hi Corbett Field on Saturday evening.
The Trojan offense had two triples in the game, with Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) tallying one as he went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the loss.
The Wildcats touched up Trojan starter Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) for three-straight hits to start the bottom of the first, and plated three runs as Gilbert and Newman each drove in a run. Nootbaar then settled in, putting up zeros until the bottom of the eighth, when they touched up the sophomore up for seven runs. His final line was nine runs (eight earned), on 10 hits with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
In the top of the third inning, the Trojans broke through with their first hits of the day, back-to-back singles from Robinson and Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS). However, the Trojans were unable to put up a run in the inning, as a fielder's choice cut down Stahel at second and the Trojans saw the inning end with runners on the corners.
The Trojans got to Wildcat starter James Farris in the top of the third inning to get on the board. With runners on first and second and two out, Blake Lacey worked a walk to load the bases. That brought up Robinson, who crushed a 3-2 pitch to right field for bases-clearing triple to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
That lead would be short lived, however, as the Wildcats took advantage two wild pitches from Nootbaar and tallied seven runs (six earned) on five hits in the inning to chase the Trojan starter. He gave way to Sean Silva (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College) who had trouble finding the strike zone, and walked a runner to load the bases and then balked to bring in a run. That was the end of his outing, as Matt Munson (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback HS) entered, who gave up a hit that plated two more runs for the Wildcats, but he eventually recorded the final two outs to end the inning, as the Trojans trailed 10-3 heading to the top of the fifth.
The Trojans answered with one run in the top of the sixth, as Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) tripled to left field to lead off the inning, and came in to score on a one-out ground rule double from Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) to put the score at 10-4.
However, the Wildcats answered in the bottom of the sixth, plating three runs on three hits, as Munson saw his outing end. Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS) entered and got the Trojans out of the inning, but they now trailed, 13-4.
The Wildcats continued to put the Trojans in a hole, as they added five more in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the score, 18-4.
The Trojans and the Wildcats will meet in the series finale set for 12 p.m. tomorrow at Hi Corbett Field. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.