Impressive Offensive Performance Lifts USC to 17-1 Victory Over Towson in Season Opener

    Brent Wheatley threw a career-high 10 strikeouts.
    Feb. 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - The USC Trojans started off the 2015 season in a big way, tagging visiting Towson with 17 runs on 14 hits in an all-around team effort as they defeated the Tigers 17-1 on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.

    Starting pitcher Brent Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) got the Trojans (1-0) started off on the right foot, tossing six innings of one-hit ball while tallying a career-high 10 strikeouts.

    The Trojan offense took in the bottom of the first and never looked back, jumping out to a 4-0 lead on a Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) triple and a Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) sac fly.

    The Trojans added one more run in the second, five in the third, one in the fifth, four in the sixth and one each in the seventh and eighth.

    Four Trojans had multi-hit days, highlighted by Flores' 2-for-3 day with two RBI and two runs scored. AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) led the way with three RBI.

    Redshirt sophomore AJ Fritts (Los Angeles, Calif./The Brentwood School) punctuated the team's win with a solo home run in the eighth inning. It was just his second career at-bat.

    On the win, Fritts said, "Even though the score was a lot to a little, I think we did a good job of coming out and executing the little things that will be really helpful in games that are a lot closer. I think we did a great job and I think our coaches are proud of the way we came out. That being said, we have another game tomorrow at 6 and then an early one on Sunday, so we have to come out with a lot of energy and we need to execute."



    Multiple newcomers saw their career debuts in the game, including, Angelo La Bruna (La Canada, Calif./Duke) who had two hits and David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons), who had one.

    On the mound, freshman Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS), redshirt freshman Alex Chavarria (Coachella, Calif./Indio HS) and freshman Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) each made their collegiate debuts, throwing one scoreless inning apiece.

    The Trojans and the Tigers will lock back up on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.