USC Drops 1-0 Pitcher's Duel To Long Beach State
April 24, 2012
On a quiet night for hitters at Dedeaux Field, the USC baseball team lost a 1-0 contest to Long Beach State Tuesday night. The Trojans fall to 20-16 while the Dirtbags improve to 19-19 on the season.
It was a pitcher's duel early on as both starters were nearly unhittable.
USC's Stephen Tarpley retired 12 of 13 batters faced while throwing four hitless innings.
Long Beach starter Matt Johnson impressed as well, tossing three perfect innings before a scheduled pitcher's swap in the fourth.
Flores brought the crowd to their feet in the sixth as he put a charge into an offering from Jake Stassi (1-0)but it died on the warning track in right field and the game remained scoreless.
Pinch hitter Brennan Fulkerson singled through the right side in the seventh off Martin Viramontes to score Ino Patron from second and give the Dirtbags a 1-0 lead. The run was charged to Ben Mount (1-4) who took the loss after throwing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief prior to his departure for Viramontes.
James Roberts reached on an infield single with one out and was lifted for the speedy Omar Cotto Lozada. Flores grounded into a force at second and reached on the fielder's choice to bring the Trojans to their final out. Senior Brandon Garcia came off the bench to work the righty-lefty matchup against Kyle Friedrichs, but went down on strikes to end the game and give the reliever his seventh save of the year.
After making his first career start at third base and putting up the only multi-hit performance of the night, Roberts extended his hitting-streak to 14 games. Flores has now hit safely in five-straight games. In other firsts, freshman Andres Rodriguez made his first career start for the Trojans at second base.
USC returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. as they begin a three-game set with No. 19 Oregon State at Dedeaux Field.