May 6, 2016
Solid Hitting and Pitching Boosts Trojans to 4-3 Victory Over No. 24 Washington
The Trojans got home runs from Frankie Rios and David Oppenheim in the win.
LOS ANGELES – Behind home runs from Frankie Rios and David Oppenheim, along with another quality start from Joe Navilhon and a save by Marc Huberman, the Trojans defeated No. 24 Washington 4-3 in game one of the series at Dedeaux Field on Friday evening.
The Trojans (21-22, 10-9 Pac-12) outhit the Huskies (25-16, 11-8 Pac-12) 9-8, and were able to overcome three fielding errors to secure the big game one victory.
The Huskies put one on the board with some timely hitting in the top of the third, but the Trojans quickly answered, as Rios blasted his second home run of the season to left center and the solo shot tied the game up, 1-1. Then after a Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) two-out single, Oppenheim hit a towering bomb just inside the right field foul pole to plate two as his third home run of the year gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead.
Starter Navilhon was cruising for the Trojans, at one point retiring seven-straight Huskies. He ended up going 7.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, with no walks and six strikeouts en route to the victory.
The Huskies and Trojans traded runs in the fifth inning, as a run came home as AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) hit into a bases-loaded, nobody out, 6-4-3 double play.
The 4-2 lead held up until the top of the ninth inning, as Trojan reliever Huberman had the Huskies down to their last strike with two outs, before giving up a double and then a run came around to score on an error by the Trojans’ third baseman to make it 4-3. Huberman recovered to strikeout Jack Meggs and he earned his second save of the year, this one a five-out save.
Husky starter Noah Bremer took the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year. At the plate the Huskies were led by Meggs who was 2-for-5 with one RBI on the day.
The Trojans and Huskies will be back in action on Saturday, as game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.