After beginning the season with a three-game sweep of Northwestern, the USC Trojans hosted No. 3 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night in what figured to be the Trojans’ toughest test to date. Instead, the Trojans easily defeated the Titans, 6-1 and are now 4-0.
The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a wild pitch from Titans’ pitcher Chad Hockin with runners on second and third. Hockin’s wild pitch came after he committed a throwing error on an A.J. Ramirez bunt.
Again capitalizing on Titan errors, the Trojans scored three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Trojan starting pitcher Brent Wheatley nearly lost some of the lead after he hit the first batter in the top of the fourth and walked the second.
However, Wheatley was able to collect himself, and struck out two of the next three Titan batters. Wheatley gave way to Sean Adler in the fifth inning after he walked the leadoff hitter.
Right fielder Vahn Bozoian hit his second home run on the season to give the Trojans a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning and finished the night 3-for-4.
Adler was credited with the win, but it was James Guillen who entered the game in the eighth inning to close the door on the Titans in the final two frames.
The homestand will continue for the Trojans as they next face North Dakota State for a three-game set beginning on Feb. 21.