LONG BEACH, Calif. — The USC Trojans knocked 12 hits on their way to a 4-2 win against Long Beach State Tuesday night at Blair Field. Matt Foat led the way with three hits while Garrett Stubbs, Jake Hernandez and Garrett Houts each had multi-hit games as well. The win moves USC to 4-0 on the season — the first time the Trojans have started 4-0 start since 2005. That year, coincidentally, is the last time USC made the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Garcia gave USC a strong start on the mound pitching 5 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk. He struck out four Dirtbag batters. Behind Garcia, the Trojans bullpen was unhittable, throwing the final 3 1/3 innings allowing a single walk and no hits.
For Long Beach (2-2), Nick Sabo took the loss in his first collegiate start. The freshman southpaw allowed three runs, two earned, in four innings, but got no offensive supportm except from Brennan Metzger, who had a three-hit day. Metzger also stole a pair of bases and scored a run, but it was not enough for the Dirtbags.
Long Beach will try to rebound Friday when they open a weekend series against Cal. USC returns home to host 0-3 Akron.
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