USC Holds 7-2 Lead Over No. 3 Cal State Fullerton In Halted Game

Feb. 20, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif. - The USC Trojans held a 7-2 lead against the No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Titans when the game was halted due to rain with one out in the top of the eighth. The game will be continued at a later date and the second game of today's scheduled doubleheader was also postponed.

Sophomore shortstop Hector Estrella was having a career day for the Trojans before play was suspended. He was 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI. The Trojans touched up Cal State Fullerton preseason All-American pitcher Ricky Romero for all seven runs to knock him out in the seventh inning. At one point, Romero had retired 11 straight batters. He allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Trojan sophomore right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) threw seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs with only one run and 10 strikeouts. He struck out the side in the seventh and five of the last six batters he faced.

USC scored a run in the first inning when Matt Cusick scored on a sacrifice fly to center by catcher Jeff Clement. The Titans responded with solo home runs by Sergio Pedroza, who hit his fourth of the season in the first inning, and Danny Dorn, who hit his second homer in the second.

Two walks in the fifth aided the Trojans as Estrella hit a two-out, two-run double to right. With two outs in the seventh and a runner at first, center fielder Daniel Perales singled up the middle. Estrella then hammered his first collegiate home run with a three-run shot to left. Cusick hit his second double of the game to left, knocking Romero out of the game. Blake Sharpe walked and Clement singled to load the bases against reliever Lauren Gagnier. Gagnier was then called for a balk, allowing Cusick to score for a 7-2 Trojans' advantage.

USC travels to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday (Feb. 22) for a 2 p.m. game before a nonconference series at Stanford beginning on Friday (Feb. 25) at 5 p.m. The series with the Cardinal will continue with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday (Feb. 26) and Sunday (Feb. 27). All four games will be broadcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

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