Pepperdine Tops USC Baseball, 5-2
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team fell in a midweek non-conference matchup on Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field, dropping a 5-2 decision to Pepperdine.
The Trojans fall to 18-17 overall, while the Waves improve to 14-16.
Pepperdine scored two runs in the second and fourth innings, and despite putting runners on in each of the final four frames, the Trojans were never able to fully come back.
After the visiting Waves added a run in the fifth to go up 5-0, USC got on the board thanks to a pinch-hit RBI groundout by Brady Shockey in the sixth inning. The Trojans would load the bases in the eighth and plate a run on a hit-by-pitch, but that was it as USC left them full.
Rhylan Thomas had the lone hit in the ninth with a two-out double. Thomas entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and would go 2-for-2 on the day.
Brian Gursky got the start and took the loss for USC after 3.2 innings of work. Pepperdine starter Tyler Murrah picked up the win and Dylan Schwartz got the save.
- Rhylan Thomas: 2-for-2, R, 2B
- Ethan Reed, Tyler Stromsborg, Charlie Hurley and Nate Clow all threw scoreless relief innings.
USC stays home this weekend, hosting No. 18 Stanford for a three-game Pac-12 set. All three games will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via USCTrojans.com.