The USC Trojans, coming off of a series loss at North Carolina, came home to Dedeaux Field on Tuesday night and took care of business against the Trojans’ heated rivals from Orange County, Cal State Fullerton. The 19th ranked Titans jumped on SC with a four-run fifth to open the scoring, but the Trojans closed the game with seven unanswered runs, before ace Andrew Triggs(pictured) closed the night with his first save, ending a 7-4 USC victory.
The fifth inning was a rough one for Brandon Garcia, giving up four runs on four hits. The Titans played small ball to manufacture the first two runs, with a couple of singles and the help of a fielders choice, but Richy Pedroza’s two-run triple packed the most punch for Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans failed to score in the bottom half of the inning, but in the sixth, USC opened the inning with three straight singles. Kevin Roundtree and Kevin Swick were credited with RBIs in the inning, producing runs on a fielders choice and a sacrifice fly respectively.
An inning later however, down 4-2, the Trojans busted the game wide open to complete their comeback. Garrett Stubbs singled home Omar Cotto Lozada to open the scoring, and was on third base when Kevin Roundtree came up to the plate with bases loaded. Roundtree smacked a ball into right, plating both Stubbs and Alex Sherrod as the Trojans took a 5-4 lead. After starter Bradon Garcia came back into the game to DH and drive home Matt Foat, Kevin Roundtree scored the fifth and final run of the inning while Garcia was in a pickle between first and second.
In the ninth, Andrew Triggs came on after Wyatt Strahan walked the leadoff hitter, and promptly earned his first save of the season on just three pitches. Pinch hitters Matt Chapman and Derek Legg ended the game at the plate for Cal State Fullerton with a double play and a line out, as the Trojans held on for the first win of the season over the Titans. USC is now 9-3, while Fullerton drops to 8-4 on the young season.