Trojans Take Down No. 19 Titans 7-4
March 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Kevin Roundtree delivered a two-run single to give the Trojans the lead in a five-run seventh inning en route to USC's 7-4 win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton on a cold Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
Starter Brandon Garcia went five innings allowing four runs on four hits and took the no decision while Brad Douthit (1-0) picked up the win for the Trojans after facing just two batters. In an unusual relief appearance, Andrew Triggs earned the save on just three pitches in the ninth to improve USC to 9-3 on the season. The Titans had their seven-game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-4 for the year.
Fullerton jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning after Garcia had held the Titans hitless though four frames. With the bases loaded, Greg Velazquez plated the first run with a fielder's choice to third baseman Kevin Swick. Michael Lorenzen then singled to right to score Keegan Dale to make it 2-0. Richy Pedroza followed with a two-run triple down the right field line to round out the Fullerton's scoring at 4-0.
The Trojans chipped away at the lead with two runs in the sixth as Roundtree picked up one of his three RBI's on the night with a fielder's choice to score Adam Landecker. Swick followed with a sac-fly to score Alex Sherrod.
Going into the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-2, USC struck again and was able to tag hang the loss on Willie Kuhl (0-1) with five runs in the inning. Speedy sophomore Omar Cotto Lozada got things started with a leadoff walk and advanced to third on back-to-back passed balls. Freshman Garrett Stubbs scorched a line-drive single to center to score Lozada and cut the lead to 4-3. With the bases loaded, Roundtree singled crisply through the right side to plate Stubbs and Sherrod and take a 5-4 lead. Garcia re-entered the game as the designated hitter and reached on an infield single to score Matt Foat. With James Roberts at the plate, Garcia was picked off and caught in a run-down but evaded a tag out long enough for Roundtree to score the game's final run.
Landecker led the way with three hits on the night as USC also received multi-hit performances from Sherrod, Foat and Roundtree.
The Trojans return to action Friday at 6 p.m. as the host Cal State Bakersfield in the first of a three-game series at Dedeaux Field.