Baseball Defeats Cal State Fullerton In 13 Innings
Feb. 7, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Pinch-hitter Abel Montanez hit the game-winning single Tuesday on a full count off Nick Lovato, scoring Anthony Lunetta from third and the No. 2 USC Trojans defeated the No. 18 Cal State Fullerton Titans, 6-5, in 13 innings in a non-conference game at Dedeaux Field.
Lunetta led off the 13th inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Josh Persell. Senior first baseman Bill Peavey, who tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth with a solo home run to right, got an infield single to move Lunetta to third. After Matt Bonovich struck out, Montanez came into the game with two outs. After going down 1-2 in the count, Montanez pushed the count to 3-2 before delivering the game-winning hit.
Brian Bannister (1-0) picked up the win for USC (4-0) after pitching 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. Lovato (0-1) picked up the loss for the Titans, who are now 1-4 on the season.
Fullerton starter Darric Merrell no-hit the Trojans in his three innings of work to start the game before USC scored three runs to tie the game in the fourth off Wes Littleton.
USC will face No. 17 Long Beach State on Friday (Feb. 9) at Blair Field at 7:05 p.m.
CS Fullerton 201-000-020-000-0 --- 5-8-1USC 000-300-110-000-1 --- 6-12-1Merrell, Littleton (4), Zahari (5), Waroff (7), Cordero (8), Lovato (12) and Kay.Reyes, Dizard (7), Clark (8), Olson (10), Bannister (10) and Concepcion, Bonovich (12).WP - Bannister (1-0) LP - Lovato (0-1)Home Runs: USC - Peavey (1), eighth inning, none on, two outsT: 4:22 ATT: 644