The events that occurred at Dedeaux Field in Southern California on Friday, reminded Sun Devil fans of the team’s form in years prior. Seventh-ranked Arizona State (25-3, 8-2 Pac-12) lost for a second straight time in their 10-6 loss to USC (11-17, 4-6).
Sophomore left fielder Trevor Hauver led a ninth-inning rally attempt with his three-run homer, but a seven-run deficit the Sun Devils had when they entered the frame was far too much to overcome.
The Sun Devils only committed two errors, but miscommunications and poor routes in the outfield fell as hits in the box score. After the dangerous ASU lineup pulled the Sun Devils within three of the Trojans, ASU head coach Tracy Smith sent righty Alec Marsh back out to the mound in hopes of a shutdown inning.
Marsh did not get the help he needed on defense. A throwing error from catcher Sam Ferri led to a USC run. Then a ball dropped in-between center fielder Hunter Bishop and right fielder Carter Aldrete for a RBI-double for USC center fielder Matthew Acosta. Acosta finished the game with five runs driven in.
For Marsh, he had a lot of season highs in the wrong way. He allowed his most runs of eight, 10 hits and four walks in his first loss of the season.
Even after the Trojans had pushed their lead to 9-3 to start the seventh, ASU had an opportunity to trim it down with their top two hitters. An error and two walks loaded the bases to push Trojan starter Connor Lunn out of the game. USC brought in Carson Lambert to face the power duo in ASU’s lineup of Spencer Torkelson and Hunter Bishop, who could cut the lead to two with one swing of the bat. Lambert showed his talent, with back-to-back strikeouts of Torkelson and Bishop.
The pair combined to go 1-for-9 with four K’s and Torkelson watched a potential three-run blast be kept in the park by Acosta in center field.
The Sun Devils will try to get back to their winning ways on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.