March 6, 2011
Los Angeles - Colin O'Connell allowed only an unearned run in 8 innings and Nick Ramirez struck out the side in the ninth for the save Sunday afternoon as No. 7-ranked Cal State Fullerton completed a 3-game series sweep of USC, 2-1.
The Titans won their sixth in a row and improved to 8-3. The series sweep was the Titans' first of the year. USC dropped its seventh in a row and fell to 3-8
O'Connell threw just over 70 pitches, striking out two and facing two men over the minimum while improving to 2-0. The lanky right-hander lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.82 in three starts.
Ramirez gave up only a two-out single for his third save in a game played in 1:52.
USC's starter Logan Odom (0-2) put in a solid effort as well, allowing two runs on four hits over 7.2 innings of work. The side-arm righty struck out three and walked one but absorbed the loss. Odom retired 14 in a row from the fourth to the eighth, but exited after allowing a single and a walk just one out away from the ninth.
The first eight Titans were retired before Austin Kingsolver singled, stole second and came home on Richy Pedroza's bullet off the third baseman's glove for a double. Pedroza was caught trying to steal third but Anthony Trajano led off the fourth with a triple and a Carlos Lopez sacrifice fly to left field made it 2-0.
USC scored in the eighth. O'Connell had retired 14 batters in a row before Matt Foat singled to right center and continued to third as Kingsolver over ran the ball for an error. Foat scored as Brandon Garcia grounded to short.
USC's only other threat came in the third. With one out, Adam Landecker tripled and Alex Glenn was hit by a pitch. But Kevin Roundtree grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
USC got only 9 hits in 88 at bats in the series.
The Titans will head to Baton Rouge, La., next weekend to face LSU in another marquee series on the 2011 schedule. Game times are 5 p.m., 12 p.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.