SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Baseball falls in opener to USC, 8-2
Adam Brett Walker II had a two-run double in the third inning
Adam Brett Walker II had a two-run double in the third inning
A bad day defensively got the best of the JU baseball team in an 8-2 loss against Southern California during the 2012 season opener at Dedeaux Field.

Six errors by the Dolphins (0-1) would set up seven of the eight runs for the Trojans (1-0) in the loss.

Trojans’ starter Andrew Triggs (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits and fanned six batters in six innings to get the win. Adam Landecker went 3-for-3 to pace the offense.

“We weren’t very sharp tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We dug ourselves too many holes and they advantage of them. Our goal is to correct the mistakes and be better tomorrow.”

Nigel Nootbaar and James Gullien combined for four strikeouts in three scoreless innings of relief.

JU senior Steve Eageton (0-1) took his first loss since 2008, allowing four unearned runs on five hits and three strikeouts in four innings. Junior Wes Torrez and sophomore Adam Maxon allowed the final four runs in the seventh inning.

Junior Ethan Loosen had two of the six hits for the Dolphins, while junior Adam Brett Walker II drove in JU’s only runs.

Two JU errors, a passed ball and hit by pitch gave USC bases loaded with one-out in the first inning. Kevin Roundtree singled home a run on a hit to left field, but a base running mistake allowed the Dolphins to throw out a Trojan runner rounding to far at third. Eagerton induced a ground ball in the next at-bat to end the inning.

Sophomore Chris Moye led off the JU third inning with a single to right field. Loosen pushed Moye to second on a one-out single to right field. After a strikeout, Brett Walker II doubled off the top of the center field to score both runners for the 2-1 lead.

The Trojans regained a 3-2 lead in the third inning after a two-out JU error plated two runners.

In the USC fifth inning, Garrett Stubbs opened with a single and advanced to second on an error on the play. Stubbs reached third on a Landecker single in the next at-bat. Eagerton was lifted for junior Corben Madden who retired his first batter. The Dolphins bobbled a grounder to third by Matt Foat, allowing Stubbs to score for a 4-2 advantage.

The Trojans plated four runs in the seventh inning and held the Dolphins to one hit in the final fives to secure the win.

JU sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson is scheduled to face USC righty Ben Mount in game two on Saturday at 5 p.m. EST. Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.