USC Wins In 11 To Beat No. 16 Cal State Fullerton, 5-4
April 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Sebastian Salinas (Riverside/Rubidoux HS) drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 16 Cal State Fullerton Titans, 5-4, in a nonconference game at Dedeaux Field. Salinas, who before tonight's start was 2-for-22 in his career, went 3-for-5 on the night and recorded a key out in the top of the inning on the pitchout when Josh Fellhauer tried to steal second with one out.
Freshman right-hander Jordan Hershiser (Dallas, Texas/St. Mark's School) picked up his first win as a Trojan, throwing 1 1/3 no-hit innings in relief with two strikeouts.
USC (16-15) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series against Cal State Fullerton (18-11), dating back to the 2005 season. Kevin Couture started the game for the Trojans and got the no-decision after lasting seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.
Ryan Ackland (0-1) took the loss for the Titans as he surrendered his first run of the season (13 innings in 15 appearances). Travis Kelly shut down the Trojans in the latter part of the game with 3 2/3 no-hit innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Trojans started the 11th inning when Anthony Vasquez laced a line drive through the right side of the infield and with the outfield positioned the opposite way, Vasquez was able to take advantage and take second for the leadoff double. Taylor Grigsby moved Vasquez to third with a ground ball to second and freshman Joe De Pinto was intentionally walked to get to Salinas. The catcher then delivered the high chopper off Ackland into right to secure the win.
Nick Buss led off the bottom of the first with a walk and stole second, later scoring on Grant Green's RBI single to left for an early 1-0 USC lead. In the third, De Pinto and Salinas singled off Fullerton starter Michael Morrison and Buss was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Green hit a bouncer past third baseman Joel Weeks for an RBI single, followed by Roberto Lopez's RBI single to left for the 3-0 Trojans' advantage.
Erik Komatsu hit a two-out single in the fourth, stole second and scored on Jared Clark's RBI double for the Titans' first run of the game. CSF tied the game in the seventh with two runs. Khris Davis singled to right, stole second and scored on Weeks' RBI single to right. Justin Garneau singled to put runners at first and second. Pinch hitter Brian Wilson then hit a ground ball to first, but USC first baseman Derek Perren's throw to second was wide of the bag and allowed the tying run to score. Fellhauer was intentionally walked, but Couture got out of the jam by inducing a 6-3 double play from Christian Colon.
Buss was hit by a pitch for the second time in the seventh, stealing his second base of the game and advancing to third on Green's sacrifice. Jason Dovel then uncorked a wild pitch, which plated Buss.
Shevis Shema and Matt Newman singled in the top of the ninth with both advancing on Joe Scott's sacrifice. After an intentional walk to Fellhauer to load the bases, Hector Rabago came in for USC. Rabago struck out pinch hitter Chris Jones for the second out, but hit Komatsu on the first pitch to force in the tying run. Rabago then got Clark looking on a 3-2 count for the final out.
USC hosts No. 5 Cal in a Pac-10 Conference series this weekend, Friday-Sunday (April 11-13). Friday's game starts at 7 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. start on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com by video webcast, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
Notes: This was USC's fifth straight game against a Top 25 opponent with the Trojans winning four times (once at then No. 17 San Diego and twice against then-No. 23 UCLA)...tonight was USC's first extra-inning game of the season...shortstop Grant Green has a six-game hitting streak, hitting .538 (14-for-26).
CSF 000-100-201-00---4-10-1USC 102-000-100-01---5-8-2
WP - Hershiser (1-0) LP - Ackland (0-1)T - 3:42 ATT - 481Records: CSF (18-11), USC (16-15)
Morrison, Dovel (4), Kelly (7), Ackland (11) and Garneau, Powell (9).Couture, Cabral (8), Cooper (9), Rabago (9), Beck (10), Hershiser (10) and Salinas.