Vahn Bozoian goes deep again as USC upsets No. 2 Cal State Fullerton
LOS ANGELES -- USC defeated No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 6-1 at Dedeaux Field behind a red-hot Trojan offense led by sophomore Vahn Bozoian and a pitching staff that only allowed four hits.
The Trojans remain undefeated on the season as they combined for six runs on nine hits, including Bozoian's second home run in as many games, this time a solo shot to left field. He led the Trojans with a 3-for-4 day, while catcher Garrett Stubbs went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
On the mound, starter Brent Wheatley went four complete innings, allowing only one earned run on two hits, while striking out two. Sean Adler entered in the bottom of the fifth with one runner on and inherited a 2-0 count. However, Adler came through with back-to-back strikeouts induced a fielder's choice ground out to get out of the jam. He threw three innings before giving way to senior James Guillen, who entered in the eighth to throw two complete shutout innings, where he did not allow a hit to close out the game.
The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the first, jumping on freshman starter Chad Hockin, as a wild pitch plated Timmy Robinson, who led off the inning with a single.
The Titans tied things up in the top of the third inning, but the Trojans responded in a loud way in the bottom half of the inning with three runs. With two outs, Bozoian laced a single to right field, followed by another single from Jake Hernandez. After Bozoian and Hernandez advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch from the starter Hockin, he was lifted in favor of reliever Phil Bickford. The tide of the inning turned after Frankie Rios struck out, but the ball bounced to the backstop, but back to Titan catcher Jared Deacon, who's errant throw to first allowed Rios to reach and Bozoian and Hernandez advanced to third. After Rios stole second, a single from Stubbs plated two more runs to put the Trojans ahead, 4-1.
In the fourth inning, the Trojans added on another run on a sacrifice fly from senior third baseman Kevin Swick.
After Trojan pitching put up a zero in the top of the fifth, Bozoian made things exciting as he launched a leadoff bomb, a solo shot to left field to push the Trojans lead to 6-1, where it would stay through the ninth inning.
No. 3 Florida State 12, Jacksonville 6
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida State (4-0) rallied late scoring nine unanswered runs in the final four innings to defeat Jacksonville (1-3) 12-6 on Tuesday in front of a capacity crowd of 3,000 inside John Sessions Stadium to remain undefeated on the season.
John Sansone’s two-run shot in the sixth sparked the come-from-behind victory as his first home run of the season trimmed the deficit to 6-5. The Seminoles then tacked on two more runs in the seventh to grab the lead for good before pulling away for the final margin with a five-run ninth inning.
The Florida State bullpen did its part to keep the Seminoles in the game as five relief pitchers combined to limit the Dolphins to just one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Bryant Holtmann (1-0) picked up the win working two scoreless innings allowing just one hit, while striking out two. Billy Strode also gave up one hit as he walked one and struck out five. Gage Smith and Jameis Winston closed out the game working the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as the Seminoles registered their eighth consecutive win against JU and fifth in a row at Jacksonville.
Sansone and DJ Stewart paced the Seminoles’ 12-hit attack with three hits apiece, while Brett Knief and Ben DeLuzio recorded two hits each.
Sansone finished the game a triple shy of the cycle as the sophomore second baseman hit a single up the middle in the second, the two-run shot in the sixth and an RBI double in the ninth.
In front of the hometown crowd, Stewart reached base on all five of his plate appearances going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a single and two walks. He also scored three times. Stewart extended his streak of reaching base to a career-best 31 consecutive games.
Justin Gonzalez reached base three times on three walks and scored three times on Tuesday.
No. 9 South Carolina 4, Presbyterian 0
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three Gamecock pitchers combined for a seven-hit shutout as ninth-ranked South Carolina defeated Presbyterian 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
Junior first baseman Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his fourth double in as many games. Junior outfielder Elliott Caldwell also went 2-for-3 recording his first career hit as a Gamecock.
Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first career win as he pitched 2.1 innings allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out two batters. Right-hander Curt Britt hurled a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings in his first start of the year. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added 1.1 scoreless innings of relief giving up only one hit and tallied three strikeouts to close out the victory.
After five scoreless innings, the Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Grayson Greiner drew a one-out walk and scored on Connor Bright's double off the wall in left field.
The Gamecocks added insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh as a pair of walks to Max Schrock and Joey Pankake set the stage for Martin, who crushed a three-run homer over the right field wall to extend the lead to four runs.
No. 10 UCLA 7, Cal State Northridge 1
The Bruins earned their first midweek win of the season on Tuesday night, defeating the Cal State Northridge Matadors at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Sophomore Christoph Bono led the way for the Bruins, going 2-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Trent Chatterton followed that up with a 2-4 performance that included two RBI while junior Chris Keck also went 2-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, freshman Grant Dyer picked up his first collegiate victory, tossing five scoreless innings while striking out three. Junior David Berg logged his first save of the year, pitching 1.1 innings in relief without giving up a run. Calvin Copping took the loss for the Matadors, allowing one earned run in 4.1 innings pitched.