No. 13 USC Drops 12-Inning Heartbreaker to Visiting Cal State Fullerton 4-3|
April 28, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The No. 13 USC Trojans dropped a heartbreaker in 12 innings, falling 5-3 to the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday evening.
The Trojans (30-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six innings, but allowed the Titans (23-20) to climb back in with two in the seventh and one in the eighth.
The Trojans stranded a total of 11 baserunners in the game and had a chance to add on with bases loaded and one out in the seventh, and again in the bottom of the eleventh inning when the Trojans had runners the game-winning run 90 feet away with two outs, but were unable to bring the runner home.
AJ Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) was stellar for the Trojans, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, as he tallied his team-leading fifth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning to get the Trojans on the board, 1-0. After the Trojans added one more in the fifth on a single by Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) and an error by the third baseman that brought a run home, unearned, Ramirez delivered the squeeze bunt in the sixth inning to bring home the third run of the day.
Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park, Calif./Baldwin Park HS) had a strong start, going 6.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three and walking just one. Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS) entered in the seventh and gave up three hits, allowing one run with one strikeout before being pulled in favor of Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Garden Grove HS), who entered to strand two and get the final out of the seventh inning. However, the junior allowed the game-tying run in the eighth inning as the Titans were aggressive on the base paths, going second to home with one out to score on a groundout to third base.
Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) threw the final four innings of work and was lights-out until the top of the 12th. The Trojans and Huberman got out of a huge jam in the bottom of the ninth, as they got the double play with the force out at second and then the runner at first was out due to runner's interference at second.
The Titans came through with two runs in the top of the 12th, as a two-out single up the middle by Timmy Richards plated the go-ahead run. They then tacked on one more run as Richards stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He then came home on a wild pitch to give the Titans a 5-3 lead.
The Trojans were retired by Titans' closer Tyler Peitzmeier 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 12th, after he threw 5.2 innings of one-hit ball.
The Trojans will look to get back to winning ways after dropping three-straight games for the first time all year as they travel to Utah for a Pac-12 series starting on Friday at 7 p.m. PT.