All good things must come to an end they say, and it couldn’t be more true for USC’s ballclub, as they lost their first game of the season, with a 7-2 loss to Pepperdine in Malibu.
It’s hard to win when you give up a grand slam early, and the Trojans learned that lesson quickly, as the Waves took a 4-0 lead on Joe Sever’s slam in the third.
USC’s midweek starter, Brandon Garcia, struggled to get through four innings, allowing five runs on four hits, while putting four runners on via the walk. Garcia’s outing wouldn’t have been so dismal if you exclude the home run from Sever, but it was still a step back for the senior, after his strong start against Long Beach State a week ago.
Offensively, the Trojans struggled to drive in runs, as they stranded 11 runners on the basepaths. Garrett Stubbs came to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of sixth, but struck out to end the inning as the Trojans managed to score just one run, signifying USC’s struggles at the plate.
The Trojans’ record now sits at 7-1, and they’ll take their No. 23 ranking to Chapel Hill this weekend, to play the sixth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. We’ll have a Q&A session with our friends from KeepingitHeel.com, so stay tuned.