Titans Fall in 11 to Trojans, 5-4
April 8, 2008
Los Angeles - Reserve catcher Sebastian Salinas' third hit of the game scored Anthony Vasquez from third base with one out in the bottom of the eleventh inning Tuesday night to give USC a 5-4 non-conference victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton.
The win snapped the Trojans' 4-game losing streak to the Titans and lifted their season's record to 16-15 while Fullerton fell to 18-11.
Ryan Ackland (0-1) allowed his first run of the season after 13 scoreless innings to absorb the loss. Jordan Hershiser got his first collegiate decision with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief for USC.
Vasquez greeted Ackland with a ground-ball double to right field and went to third on Taylor Grigsby's grounder to second. The Titans walked Joe DePInto to set up a possible double play but Salinas, who was 1-for-4 this season and had only two hits in his 5-year USC career, punched a bounder through the right side.
Fullerton had forced extra innings with a run in the ninth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. After pinch-hitter Jon Wilhite struck out, Erik Komatsu was hit in the foot by a Hector Rabago pitch to force home pinch-runner Shevis Shima. It was Fullerton's fourth extra-inning game in the last eight and the Titans have lost the last three.
USC built an early 3-0 lead against starter Michael Morrison. Grant Green singled home a run in the first and another in the third, which was followed by a Roberto Lopez RBI single. But Morrison got out of the bases-loaded, no outs jam with no further damage and relievers Jason Dovel and Travis Kelly pitched 1-hit relief for the next seven innings.
Fullerton scored in the fourth when Komatsu singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Jared Clark's double. The Titans tied the game in the seventh. Khris Davis singled, stole second and scored on a single by Joel Weeks, who went to second on a single by Dustin Garneau and scored when USC first baseman Derek Perren threw wildly trying for a force. The Titans loaded the bases but Christian Colon hit into a double play.
USC regained the lead without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Buss was hit by a pitch, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored when Kelly threw a wild pitch with two outs.
Fullerton returns to Big West Conference play Friday night hosting Cal State Northridge in the opener of a 3-game series.