USC Baseball Falls 3-2 to No. 17 Stanford
LOS ANGELES – A late homer again sank the USC baseball team against No. 17 Stanford as the Trojans fell 3-2 to the Cardinal on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
A day after Stanford hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning, the Cardinal got a solo-shot in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and pick up the win. USC falls to 18-19 overall with the loss and 6-11 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal move to 24-8, 10-4.
It was another pitcher's duel as both starters worked into the seventh inning. USC Chandler Champlain tossed 6.2 innings, giving up six hits and three runs, while Quinn Mathews threw 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits and two runs. Champlain was one off his career high with nine strikeouts and just one walk.
The Trojans scored in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead, but Stanford came back with a solo-homer from Nick Brueser in the third and an RBI double from Vincent Martinez in the fourth. Martinez was the one who broke the tie with a solo-homer to lead off the seventh.
Tyresse Turner scored USC's first run on a delayed double steal in the first and then John Thomas scored on a wild pitch in the second. The Trojans nearly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when another wild pitch got away, but the ball ricocheted hard off the backstop and Clay Owens was cut down at the plate.
The Trojans outhit Stanford 7-6 in the game.
- Chandler Champlain: 6.2 IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 9K
- Clay Owens: 2-for-4, 2 singles
USC and Stanford will wrap things up on Sunday at 1 p.m. That game will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via USCTrojans.com.