Stemming the Tide

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USC baseball was reeling.  The Trojans had lost seven out of eight after dropping the opener of a three-game series against No. 19 Oregon State last weekend.

Triggs-Jax2-McG.jpgBut, a slight rotation tweak by head coach Frank Cruz might turn out to be the season saver.  Senior pitcher Andrew Triggs was moved off the traditional Friday game to start Saturday against the Beavers.

Quite simply, Triggs' efforts were being lost without much run support against the opponent's ace.  Despite a sub-4.00 ERA and three complete games in conference play, he was just 1-3 going into his latest Pac-12 outing.

When his team needed him the most, Triggs pitched seven strong innings giving up two runs and earning the victory thanks to three runs of support.  Freshman Stephen Tarpley, who has thrived as the Sunday starter all season, followed with his team-leading fifth win to take the series for Troy.

The rotation reshuffle continues tonight as former Saturday starter Ben Mount will get the ball against Cal State Fullerton.  The Trojans host Washington this weekend at Dedeaux Field in a three-game set.

(Photo by John McGillen)

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Well switching Triggs to Saturday cost the Trojans on Friday so no great panacea. Garcia loses again on Tuesday night when Mount is taken out only in the third inning. He didn't pitch all weekend vs. OSU , and gets less than three innings vs. Fullerton. Twelve walks by the pitching staff, are you kidding me plus one crucial error. It really boils down to a sweep this weekend vs. UW to have some cushion for the last leg of the season which is extra tough.

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