May 7, 2016
Trojans Unable to Hold Lead, Fall 7-3 to No. 24 Washington in Game Two
The rubber match is set for 1 p.m. PT on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans were unable to hold onto an early lead, eventually fall 7-3 to visiting No. 24 Washington in game two of the series on Saturday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (21-23, 10-10 Pac-12) jumped out to a 3-1 lead, and held on through five frames, until the Huskies (26-16, 12-8 Pac-12) put up three in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a fielding error on a potential double play ground ball that the Trojans could have turned to potentially get out of the inning.
The Huskies added two in the seventh and one in the ninth to push the lead to 7-3 and although the Trojans battled with the Husky bullpen, including closer Troy Rallings, they were unable to battle back from the deficit.
Trojan starter Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) went eight strong, scattering 11 hits, allowing six runs (five earned) on two walks with three strikeouts. Through the first five frames he only allowed one run.
The Trojans jumped out to a 3-1 lead off the bats of David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) and Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), as they each had three hits on the day. Oppenheim, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) each drove in a run on the day.
The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead as they mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning, and then added a third run in the third, answering a Husky run in the top of the second. From then on however, it was all Huskies and they scored six unanswered runs.
The Trojans had base runners in scoring position in the sixth through ninth innings, but were unable to get anything going.
Husky reliever Spencer Jones got the win in 3.1 innings of one-hit relief, while star closer Troy Rallings went 2.1 innings for his 15th save of the year. Jordan Levi led the way at the plate with a two-hit, three RBI performance.
The Trojans and Huskies will meet in the rubber match on Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.