March 6, 2012
Los Angeles - Kevin Roundtree's two-run single in the Trojans' five-run seventh inning was the blow that snapped the Titans' seven-game winning streak and gave the Trojans the lead and eventual 7-4 win over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
Brad Douthit (1-0) earned the win after facing just two batters in the seventh and eighth innings and Andrew Triggs earned the save on just three pitches to lift the Trojans to 9-3. The Titans fall to 8-4 heading into their weekend series with Top 10-ranked Texas A&M. Willie Kuhl took the loss and falls to 0-1.
Fullerton finally got to starter Brandon Garcia in the top of the fifth, scoring four times on four hits. He had held the Titans hitless for the first four innings.
Ivory Thomas singled sharply to left to break up the no-hit bid in the top of the fifth and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Chad Wallach. Keegan Dale laid down a safety squeeze bunt that Garcia picked up and threw home, but Thomas had retreated back to third, leaving the bases full of Titans. Greg Velazquez brought home the Titans' first run with a grounder to third and Lorenzen, an out later, singled home the second with a line drive to right. Richy Pedroza provided the big blow of the inning with a triple to the rightfield wall, driving home Matt Orloff and Lorenzen.
The Trojans hit Gauna hard in the bottom of the sixth opening with three straight hits to get to the Titan bullpen. Tyler Peitzmeier entered with a bases-loaded, no-out situation and traded a pair of Gauna's runners for outs, cutting the Titan lead to 4-2.
After Omar Cotto walked and Garrett Stubbs singled, Kuhl came on to replace Peitzmeier in the seventh. The Trojans roughed up Kuhl with four hits over six batters including the soft two-run single down the rightfield line by Roundtree to give USC a 5-4 lead. An infield single by Garcia scored the fourth Trojan run of the inning and Roundtree scored the fifth before Garcia was caught in a rundown between first and second for the final out of the inning.
USC used its relief pitching to perfection holding the Titans to a lone Carlos Lopez single in the top of the eighth. Fullerton mustered just five hits in the loss.