March 5, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Anthony Trajano, Nick Ramirez and Walker Moore each had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI and Tyler Pill pitched strong 7 innings Saturday night as No. 7-ranked Cal State Fullerton won its fifth in a row with a 7-3 victory over USC.
The Titans improved to 7-3 while the Trojans lost their sixth in a row to fall to 3-7.
Pill (1-0) allowed only 3 hits and 3 runs, 2 unearned, for his first win in his third quality start. He struck out 7 and walked 2 before giving way to Dylan Floro, who got the final six outs.
Fullerton took the lead for good with a 4-run fifth that chased starter and loser Austin Wood (1-1). Richy Pedroza singled, went to second on a balk and came home on Trajano's game-tying double to right center. Ramirez hit a wicked one-hopper at Ricky Oropesa at first who knocked the ball down but then missed picking it up for an error. Reliever Ben Mount walked Carlos Lopez to load the bases and then gave up a two-run single down the left-field line by Moore. Lopez moved up on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Ramirez doubled home Pedroza from second in the first inning and tripled home Trajano in the third. But after Lopez was walked, the Titans ran into a double play as Moore didn't make contact on a suicide squeeze attempt and Ramirez was caught in a rundown and Lopez also was retired trying to take third. Passed balls and wild pitches helped the Trojans to their three runs. Kevin Roundtree doubled in the second, moved up on a passed ball and scored an unearned run on Matt Foat's ground ball to tie the game at 1-1.
In the fourth the Trojans took a 3-2 lead. Oropesa doubled and went to third on Joe DePinto's single. Oropesa scored on a wild pitch and DePinto eventually scored on a ground ball after another passed ball and wild pitch.
Singles by Michael Lorenzen, Pedroza (his third) and Trajano made it 7-3 in the eighth against reliever Chris McCaffery.
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at USC's Dedeaux Field.