LOS ANGELES — The No. 21 Trojans held off a bottom of the ninth inning surge by Loyola Marymount to defeat the Lions 4-3 on Tuesday evening at Page Stadium.
The Trojans (2-2) were led offensively by Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS), as they each had home runs in the game. Carrillo’s solo shot in the third inning got the Trojan offense rolling, while Robinson’s two-run shot in the sixth inning proved to be the difference.
Starter CJ Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) was absolutely outstanding in his first collegiate game and start, going six complete innings, allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out one and walked one and earned the win in his first collegiate action.
After Carrillo gave the Trojans the lead in the third inning with his first hit of the season, a home run to left field over LMU’s (1-3) “Blue Monster,” the Lions answered as Ted Boeke hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom half of the inning.
In the fourth inning the Trojans took the lead on an Angelo Armenta (Monrovia, Calif./Loyola HS) sacrifice fly.
With the 2-1 lead, the Trojans held strong behind the pitching of Stubbs, who pitched his way out of some tight situations, until the top of the sixth when the Trojans seemingly broke open the game.
With one out in the sixth, Dillon Paulson (San Marcos, Calif./Rancho Santa Fe Christian HS) came through with a double, his third hit of the day. After a flyout advanced Paulson to third, the Lions went to the pen to bring in hard-throwing reliever Michael Silva. With the count 1-1, Robinson connected power with power, driving the ball for a home run over the right field wall to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh inning, Trojan reliever Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) came through to clean up what could have been a tough inning, as reliever Joe Navilhon (Brentwood, Calif./Chabot College) struggled to find the zone, walking the first two batters of the inning. He threw two complete shutdown innings, not allowing a hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
Kriske gave way to closer Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS), who just didn’t feel comfortable on the mound, eventually allowing two runs on two hits with two walks in a third of an inning. He gave way to Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS), who allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced to make the score 4-3. With the bases loaded, Paschke induced a 4-3 double play, as Rios took it himself to second base and then made a strong throw back to first to end the game. It was Paschke’s first career save.
The Trojans host Korean professional team NC Dinos at 6:30 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field, before welcoming Wake Forest into town for a three-game weekend set.