Heading into Tuesday’s game, Loyola Marymount had put together a six-game winning streak. It was the second and final meeting between USC and the Lions and it was also in the midst of a Lions’ winning streak.
Unlike their last handful of games, the Trojans were the team to jump ahead on the scoreboard. With two outs in the top of the third inning, the Trojans relied on timely hitting and savvy base running.
Garrett Stubbs and Timmy Robinson hit back-to-back singles and in stepped Kevin Swick, who gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead with a single of his own.
Robinson advanced to third on Swick’s hit and then stole home as part of a double steal. With Swick standing on second, AJ Ramirez drove him in with a triple to right center to give the Trojans a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans then added their fourth and final run of the game in the fifth inning on a Jeremy Martinez hit by pitch with the bases loaded.
The Lions scored one run in the bottom of the fifth and added another in the sixth to pull to within two runs. Trailing 4-2, the Lions would again threaten in the seventh with the tying runners on the corners, but were unable to cash in.
Brent Wheatley threw 4.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run, but Sean Adler, who pitched 1.2 innings and also allowed one run, was credited with the win. James Guillen pitched two innings, earning the save, and giving the Trojans the 4-2 win and two-game season sweep over the Lions.
Next up for the Trojans is a three-game homestand with Washington, beginning on Friday.