Stubbs' Double Propels Trojans to 6-4 Victory at No. 25 Cal State Fullerton|
Feb. 17, 2015
FULLERTON, Calif. - The USC Trojans came through with a huge team 6-4 road victory at No. 25 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday evening.
Behind an early solo home run by David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) and a huge two-out, two-strike, bases-clearing double from Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) to opposite field that that put the Trojans (4-0) ahead and they never looked back.
On the mound, the Trojans pitched by committee, with freshman Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) getting his first collegiate start. He threw 4.0 complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Titans (1-3) took the lead from the Trojans momentarily in the bottom of the third inning, tallying two runs against Perryman, but the Trojans answered with four in the top of the fourth inning to take back the lead, 5-1.
In the big Trojan fourth inning, Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) led things off with back-to-back singles. Oppenheim then drew a walk to load the bases. Then with one down, Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) was hit by the pitch to bring home the game-tying run. Then against new Fullerton pitcher Willie Kuhl, AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield HS) struck out swinging, bringing up Stubbs who went the opposite way with the two-strike pitch to clear the bases and put the Trojans up, 5-2.
Sophomore Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) got the win, entering in relief in the fifth to throw three innings of work, striking out a career-high four batters while allowing two runs on three hits with no walks.
The Trojans added one more run in the top of the seventh inning, as Flores singled up the middle with two outs to put the team up 6-2, which proved to be a necessary cushion after the Titans added two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Junior lefty Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) looked sharp in the eighth inning, striking out the side to keep the Trojans ahead 6-4 and giving the ball to closer Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) in the ninth. Davis struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save of the year. The win at Fullerton was the first for the Trojans since 2009.
The Trojans are back in action on Thursday, hosting Kentucky at 6 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field.