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USC wins home opener against Cal Poly, 6 - 4

USC got off to a decent start to the baseball season with a 6 - 4 win over Cal Poly at Dedeaux Field this evening. It was tied at 1 - 1 at the middle of the second before SC went on a 5 run tear go go up 6 - 1. Cal Poly managed to score another 3 runs (total) in the 6th and 7th innings, and the Trojans held on for the win.

Since the game tracker keeps crapping out every time I try to get the specifics of the second inning, more details tomorrow when I can find a posted account.

Update [2007-1-31 2:9:47 by DC Trojan]:

There's a published account on

LOS ANGELES - The USC Trojans exploded for five runs in the second inning Tuesday to give first-year head coach Chad Kreuter his first collegiate win in a 6-4 victory against the Cal Poly Mustangs at Dedeaux Field. Freshman shortstop Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) went 2-for-4 with two RBI while junior left fielder Lucas Duda (Riverside/Arlington HS) went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer for the Trojans.

Sophomore Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) was effective in his first start for USC, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts for the win. Senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) threw a perfect inning for his first save of the season and 21st of his career. Koss is fourth all-time at USC and needs one save to tie Dan Hubbs (1991-93) for third place.

Cal Poly (0-4) tried to rally from the five-run deficit and held off the Trojans thanks to a strong relief effort by left-hander Derrick Saito. Saito threw five no-hit innings while striking out 10 batters and not allowing a walk. Mustang shortstop Kyle Smith went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI while right fielder Grant Desme had a 2-for-4 evening with two RBI.

The Daily News also has an account that shows how tight the game was on the pitching front:

The Mustangs got hits on the first two pitches of the game from Trojans starter Tommy Milone, but the sophomore left-hander quickly settled in.

Milone (1-0) retired the side in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Cal Poly (0-4) closed within two in the seventh with two runs off freshman reliever Kevin Couture.

Mustangs freshman right- hander Steven Fischback (0-2) lasted just two-plus innings. He surrendered six runs on six hits, four walks, a hit batter and no strikeouts. Sophomore left- hander Derrick Saito replaced Fischback after a leadoff walk to Robert Stock in the third inning and faced just one batter over the minimum while striking out 10 in five hitless innings of relief.


USC's Paul Koss retired the side in order in the ninth for the save.