Robinson's Solo Shot Not Enough, as the Trojans Fall, 6-4
April 9, 2013
b>FULLERTON, Calif. - Despite a home run by Timmy Robinson, the Trojans did not have enough in the tank to overtake the No. 4 Cal State Fullerton Titans, falling 6-4 at Goodwin Field on Tuesday evening.
The Trojans finished the game with 10 hits, the same as the Titans, but the team was unable to string together timely hits, especially in the later innings, as they stranded nine total base runners in the game.
Early on the Trojans were able to put things together, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. In the top of the second, they got on the board first, with back-to-back doubles from Kevin Swick (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) and Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS), to go ahead 1-0. Then in the top of the third, Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) deposited the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center field for his first collegiate home run, giving the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
That lead was short-lived, however, as the Titans roared back on Trojan lefty Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS), making his first collegiate start. The freshman looked steady through innings one and two, but he got into trouble with two outs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, J.D. Davis hit a grandslam to make it 4-2. Then the next batter, Michael Lorenzen hit a solo shot to left field to put the Titans up, 5-2. Adler was lifted for Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), who gave up one final run on an RBI single from Matt Chapman to put the Trojans down, 6-2.
In the top of the fifth, with the bases full of Trojans and no outs, Swick and Lacey both hit sacrifice flies to plate runs and pull the Trojans within two, 6-4.
The Trojans brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the sixth, and the game-tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth, but were unable to score any further runs.
USC will return home to host No. 15 Arizona State in a Pac-12 series, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.