Junior outfielder Matthew Acosta’s five RBIs led USC to victory over ASU Friday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Sophomore infielder Spencer Torkelson gave ASU a 1-0 lead on a homer in the third inning. Sabol’s three hits added to the 14-hit attack for the Trojans, but Acosta led the charge with four, also collecting five RBIs on the night. The Trojans kicked off the weekend strong with a 10-6 victory Friday night. USC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on RBI singles by junior outfielder Matthew Acosta in the first and third innings. Junior pitcher Chris Clarke closed out the victory with two scoreless innings in relief. Lunn credited the performance as a team effort. “[Scoring insurance runs] makes the pitchers way more at ease,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “They know that they can make a mistake and can overcome it. It allowed [junior pitcher] Connor [Lunn] to pitch with a lot more freedom.” USC will take on Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dedeaux Field. The 14-14 Titans defeated USC 10-4 in March, but Hubbs is hopeful after Sunday’s promising performance. USC won two out of three games against No. 7 Arizona State over the weekend. Despite the loss, the series victory against the Sun Devils was a positive sign for the Trojans, who move to 12-18 overall and 5-7 in conference play. When ASU made the score 6-3 in the top of the sixth, USC scored 3 more runs in the bottom half. Junior outfielder Brady Shockey scored when ASU catcher redshirt sophomore Sam Ferri made a throwing error on a double steal. Acosta doubled home Sabol, then stole home when Ferri tried to catch sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez stealing second. “I was just trying to pound the zone … let them get themselves out,” Lunn said. “[The defense] is huge, it gives me time to relax and just focus, and I know that the guys behind me will do what they do.” The Trojans battled. Owens’ 2-run single in the fifth, sophomore first baseman Jamal O’Guinn’s RBI double in the sixth and Owens’ first career home run in the seventh made it an 11-7 ballgame. On Saturday, the Trojans came back from a small deficit early to win 7-3. An opposite field home run by Perez in the seventh gave the Trojans their 10th run of the game. ASU’s 3-run homer in the ninth was too little too late, as junior pitcher Austin Manning shut the door. However, the lead was short-lived. Sabol tripled home Perez to knot things up at 1. Redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs followed with his third home run of the year — a moonshot to left field — for the 3-1 lead. It was one of the longest home runs hit by any Trojan all season. Lunn held one of the nation’s top offenses in check with 6.1 innings of 3-run ball. He was assisted often by incredible defense, highlighted by a SportsCenter-worthy home run robbery by Acosta in the third inning to steal 3 runs from ASU. The red-hot Acosta homered again in the seventh inning. As soon as he hit it, Acosta stopped, watched it sail and gave an emphatic bat flip before breaking into his home run trot. Perez tied the game with a triple in the second, but ASU took off from there. A 3-run home run from Torkelson helped the Sun Devils build an 11-3 lead. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Hurt started for USC, struggling through 3.1 innings and allowing 5 earned runs. Freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain allowed 4 runs in the fifth inning but would settle down to shut ASU out the rest of the way. After Stubbs struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth, O’Guinn walked to bring the winning run to the plate in Acosta, who lined out to right field to end the rally. A home run by ASU sophomore infielder Alika Williams tied it up in the sixth. Acosta homered in the same inning to put the Trojans up 4-3. An error on a bunt by senior infielder Chase Bushor scored Ramirez, and an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Clay Owens gave USC a 3-run lead. “Right off the bat, I thought it was gone,” Acosta said. “And then I was like, ‘I’ve got a chance for that,’ … I found the wall, got a good jump and I got that.” ASU cut its deficit to 2 in the top of the fourth, but USC fired back in the bottom half with 3 more runs. After senior infielder Brandon Perez hit an RBI triple and junior outfielder Blake Sabol provided an RBI groundout, Acosta again drove in a run on a single for a 6-1 Trojan lead. On Sunday, the Sun Devils avoided the sweep by defeating USC 11-8. Whenever ASU chipped into the lead, USC responded to keep the game out of reach. ASU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Stubbs answered with his second home run of the series, a solo shot. “We know they’re good,” Hubbs said Sunday. “If we have at bats like we did today and all weekend … we’re going to be in good shape.”
“These are fairly unusual events,” said Shames. He noted that in preapproval testing of the patch on about 3,000 women there were two reports of blood clots, but one involved a woman who had had surgery. The ongoing studies also are looking at the risk of heart attacks and strokes among users of the two types of contraception. Currently there is no difference but the numbers are small and it will take another 18 months to see if a difference occurs, Shames said. The company said that the risk of clots remains rare and that they have been reported as a potential risk of all hormonal contraceptives. Release of the interim results comes four months after the Food and Drug Administration warned women that the increased levels of hormones released by the patch put them at higher risk of blood clots and other serious side effects. Ortho said it shared the results of the latest studies with the FDA. Additions to the patch label made in November warned women that they would be exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than those who use birth-control pills. Since the patch went on sale in 2002, more than 4 million women have used it. The investigation by The Associated Press found that patch users die and suffer blood clots at a rate three times higher than women taking the pill. About a dozen women died in 2004 from blood clots believed linked to use of the patch, the AP reported. Dozens more suffered strokes and other clot-linked problems. Health officials warn that women who smoke should not use the patch, since smoking increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A new study shows that women using the Ortho Evra birth-control patch have double the risk of developing blood clots than those who take the pill, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. But the agency said the results are preliminary and do not require immediate action other than advising women to discuss the risk with their doctor. The results of the study, and another that found no increased risk, were made public Thursday by the patch’s manufacturer. “The results are preliminary and further evaluation is necessary to understand what these results mean,” Dr. Daniel Shames, director of the division of reproductive and urological drug products at FDA, said at a briefing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The finding comes from one of two studies comparing the patch and pill, said Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, maker of the once-a-week patch. The Raritan, N.J.-based company is owned by Johnson & Johnson. Last year an investigation by The Associated Press, citing federal death and injury reports, found higher rates of blood clots in women using the patch. The first study found no increased risk of clots but the interim results from the second study suggested a twofold increase in the risk of venous thromboembolic events, or clots in the legs and lungs, in women using the patch, Ortho said. However, because the confidence intervals of the results for the two forms of contraceptive overlap, there actually may be no increased risk from the patch or it may be more than twice, Shames said at a briefing. He said the risk of a nonfatal blood clot is about one per year in 10,000 women not using a contraceptive. For those using a hormonal contraceptive such as the patch or pill the risk rises to between three and five, he said.