Baseball: Trojans sweep visiting Utes

Three up, three down for USC.

The streaking Trojans (23-24) managed their first sweep of the 2010 season with a three-game thrashing of visiting Utah, concluding with Sunday's 11-6 win at Dedeaux Field. USC got three hits from catcher Kevin Roundtree and two hits from three others to break open the game, posting four runs each in the third and eighth innings.

Logan Odom started on the mound but exited early after giving up four runs, meaning reliever Chad Smith was called on for the second consecutive day. The sophomore delivered once again, firing 4 1/3 one-run innings to earn his second win in as many games.

First baseman Ricky Oropesa hit his 13th homer of the season for USC and reached base twice. Shortstop Joe De Pinto hit a big three-run homer in the eighth to break open the game.

Utah (19-24) had an opportunity to pile on the runs in the top of the first inning but came up empty with the bases loaded and no outs. After left fielder Gavin Green tripled to lead off the game and scored on a throwing error by USC's Ryan Bast, the Utes put together a walk, an error and a bunt single to load the bases. But Odom struck out the next two Utah players and forced right fielder Rick Cornu to ground into a fielder's choice.

Just one day after hitting a walk-off double to win the game for USC, cleanup hitter Cade Kreuter struggled, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. The freshman designated hitter now has 47 strikeouts in 114 at-bats on the season.

The Trojans have won four straight and six of their last seven games -- their best such streaks of the year -- and look to face Long Beach State on Wednesday in an attempt to reach .500 for the first time since April 9.