May 15, 2016
Behind a strong start from Mitch Hart, the Trojans put up nine runs on 13 hits in the rubber match.
LOS ANGELES — It was all Trojans in the rubber match of the series at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday night, as the Trojans throttled crosstown rival UCLA 9-0 to take the series.
Behind the best start of the year from sophomore righthander Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), the Trojans (23-25, 12-12 Pac-12) were able to get the bats going early and often as the Trojans tallied their second shutout of the year. Hart went six scoreless to get the win, striking out three and walking just one while holding the Bruins to just three hits.
The Trojans were led at the plate by Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) took advantage of being dropped down in the lineup, driving in three from the five hole. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS), Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and new leadoff man David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) each had two hits on the day. Overall their nine runs came on 13 hits from eight different Trojans.
The Trojans got to Bruin starter Kyle Molnar early, touching him up for a run in the second and three in the third. They held the 4-0 lead until they broke things open in the fifth inning. After David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) drew a leadoff walk, Molnar was pulled in the middle of Robinson’s at bat due to an injury. The Trojans scored three in the inning to make it a 7-0 lead. The first run was issued to Molnar, but Bird allowed two runs on two hits through two-thirds of an inning before being pulled for Brian Gadsby who got out of the inning.
The Trojans added singular runs in the seventh and eighth innings to push the lead to 9-0.
Senior Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) was once again outstanding in relief, throwing two hitless innings before giving way to Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS), who put up another zero in the ninth.
Overall the Trojans held the Bruins to just four hits. Molnar took the loss for the Bruins.
The Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday, May 17 as they travel to UC Irvine. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. PT.