Trojans fall victim to Gauchos’ power

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgLast week USC rallied, scoring nine unanswered runs against UC Santa Barbara’s bullpen to slip by 9-8 at Dedeaux Field.Tuesday, the Gauchos (18-17) got their revenge as the roles were reversed in UCSB’s 5-4 win at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.Focused · Sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa was the only Trojan to have more than one hit on Tuesday while also drawing a walk. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The Trojans (17-23, 3-12) fell to 4-11 in their last 15 games after allowing an early lead to slip away. The Gauchos used the long ball and a stellar performance from their bullpen, allowing only three hits in eight innings, to knock the Trojans off.USC jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Mike O’Neill opened the game with a double to right-centerfield followed by a soft single to centerfield from junior shortstop Joe De Pinto. Sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa drove in the game’s first run when his single to right field scored O’Neill and advanced De Pinto to third base.The Trojans then got tricky, scoring a run on a double-steal of home to make the score 2-0. Sophomore right fielder Alex Sherrod, in his return from a four-game suspension after being ejected for intentionally throwing at an Arizona State batter, added a RBI single scoring Oropesa.Sherrod came around to score later in the inning on a bases loaded single by senior centerfielder Kevin Roundtree, but O’Neill was unable to add to the lead, grounding out to pitcher Greg Davis to end the inning.Unfortunately for the Trojans, Davis didn’t return to the mound the second inning. Instead, USC ran into a four-man buzz saw. UCSB relievers Matthew Brady, Sam Phippen, Connor Whalen and Nick Loredo held the Trojans scoreless for the final eight innings.  Whalen recorded the win.The USC offense essentially shut down after the first inning, recording only three hits in the final eight frames. But the Trojans weren’t without opportunities — they had runners reach base in every inning but the eighth.USC left the bases loaded in the third inning, stranded a pair of runners in scoring position in the sixth inning and couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by freshman Cade Kreuter in the seventh inning.While the Trojans were sputtering offensively, UCSB combined four hits with a pair of USC errors in the third inning to cut the lead to 4-2 on a pair of unearned runs off USC junior starter Logan Odom.The Gauchos jumped on senior reliever Shuhei Fujiya the next inning, tying the game on a Gunnar Terhune two-run homer to left field.It was another big fly that proved to be the difference. In the seventh inning, UCSB outfielder Ryan Tregoning hit a solo home run to left field off southpaw reliever Brad Douthit.The loss drops USC to 7-2 in midweek contests this season. The Trojans return to Dedeaux Field to open a weekend series with Pac-10 foe No. 19 Arizona at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.last_img read more

Law enforcement, family pay tribute to Sgt. Lamping

January 11, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgColleagues remembered Lamping as dedicated, humorous, courageous and loving. “Cancer went after his heart, perhaps because it was a big heart,” said Bill Rockwood, one of Lamping’s friends. “His objective in life was to help people, and that’s what he did.” Lamping’s wife, Janet, recalled her husband’s selflessness. In 1998, for example, Lamping saved the life of a 6-week-old infant who had stopped breathing. He and his partner, Sgt. Dan Lowe, rushed the baby to a hospital in their squad car, with Lowe driving and Lamping administering CPR to the infant. Hospital officials credited Lamping’s quick actions for saving the infant’s life, his wife said in a eulogy. Lamping, who grew up in Whittier, was also an active board member on the Whittier Police Officer Association. He served as the group’s president from 2003-05. Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner, who said she had known Lamping for years, said he helped garner improved working conditions and salaries for Whittier police. “It was obvious that he was always doing what he could for his colleagues,” Warner said. “He was very dedicated to the effort of advocating what he felt was in the best interest of the department.” Lamping graduated from California High School in Whittier in 1973, and was hired by the Whittier Police Department in 1980. He also had a side job in the construction business. “He was a great leader, and he will be greatly missed,” said Salazar. Lamping is survived by his wife, Janet, and four daughters, Amy, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Savannah. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Sgt. Tom Lamping funeral • Photo Gallery: Sgt. Tom Lamping funeral WHITTIER – A procession of emergency vehicles from five cities traveled through thick fog from Santa Fe Springs to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary on Friday to honor Whittier police Sgt. Tom Lamping. Lamping died Sunday from a rare form of cancer in the heart. He was 51. Police cars, motorcycles and fire equipment formed a procession that stretched about a mile as it traveled through the morning mist to Rose Hills. Law enforcement personnel from Whittier-Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, Buena Park and Ontario turned out for the somber occasion. Lamping was extended full honors at Rose Hills’ SkyRose Chapel as more than 100 police officers gathered among family and friends to remember him. “We don’t have many funerals in our department. This is a tremendous loss,” said Whittier police spokeswoman Diana Salazar. “As a sergeant, he was a vital part of the association, and just an honorable person.” Lamping was diagnosed with a rare heart tumor last August and remained active with Whittier police until he was hospitalized that same month, said officials. “Like everything else Tom did in life, he fought his illness until the end,” said Whittier police Officer Carl Martin. last_img read more