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USC Baseball Holds on for 7-6 Win Over Cal Poly

Feb 28, 2021

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LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team jumped out front early and held on for a 7-6 win over Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Ben Ramirez drove in four runs in the game and Alex Cornwell gave the Trojans six strong innings on the mound as USC improves to 3-3 with the win. Cal Poly falls to 3-4 on the season.
The Trojan bats started hot, getting RBI singles from Tyresse Turner and Ben Ramirez in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Ramirez helped USC break things open in the second, driving in three runs with a bases-loaded triple. Ramirez's drive came on the heels of a run-scoring single from Jamal O'Guinn as the Trojans led 6-0 after two frames.
Cornwell took a no-hitter into the fourth until it was broken up by a solo-homer from Cal Poly's Myles Emmerson. He would also give up an unearned run in the fifth, but that was it for the day as the Trojan lefty gave up three hits and just the two runs.
Cal Poly scored twice in the seventh to draw within two, but Nate Clow homered in the bottom half of the inning to put USC up 7-4 and add what would end up being the game-winning run.
The Mustangs benefited from a USC error to score one in the eighth and then got a one-out homer from Brooks Lee in the ninth to make it a 7-6 game. After a two-out single brought the go-ahead run to the plate, Clow was called in to get the final out on the mound, inducing a grounder to second on his first pitch.
Clow earned the save and was 1-for-3 with a homer at the plate as the designated hitter. As a team, USC recorded 12 hits on the day.

  • Ben Ramirez: 2-for-4, 4 RBI, 1 3B, 1 BB
  • Nate Clow: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, save
  • Alex Cornwell: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 UE), 3 BB, 4 K

The Trojans host the Southern California College Baseball Classic along with UCLA next weekend. USC welcomes Cal State Fullerton on Friday and then Pepperdine on Saturday, before heading to UCLA on Sunday to wrap up the weekend.