Baseball Sluggers Defeat Louisville In 19-4 Rout
Feb. 3, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Junior Rob Garibaldi (Petaluma/Santa Rosa College) and senior Abel Montanez (Montebello/Bishop Amat HS/Columbia) both hit home runs as part of a 10-run first inning Saturday and the No. 2 USC Trojans defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 19-4, in a non-conference game at Dedeaux Field. Junior pitcher Mark Prior (Bonita/University HS) allowed only three hits in five innings, striking out 10 and not allowing a walk to pick up the win in his first start of the season.
At one point, Prior struck out five straight batters.
After the Cardinals (0-1) went in order in the top of the first, the Trojans (2-0) got on the scoreboard quickly with a two-run homer to right by Garibaldi. Later in the inning, Montanez hit a three-run shot to right center as USC would send 16 batters to the plate in the first. The Trojans would chase Louisville starter Mike Eilers, who allowed eight runs and recorded only one out in the first.
Freshman Michael Moon (Alta Loma/Rancho Cucamonga HS) went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI while senior Bill Peavey (Brisbane/Serra HS) went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI. Junior Brian Barre (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS) added his first home run of the season with a grand slam in the sixth.
Freshman lefthander Fraser Dizard (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale HS) made his USC debut, recording three strikeouts in one inning of work.
The 19 runs represented the most by USC since a 20-9 win at Arizona on April 1, 2000, while the 15-run margin was the highest since the Trojans' 17-1 win, also against Arizona, on March 19, 1999.
USC and Louisville will conclude their two-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Rik Currier is the projected starter for USC while Louisville will go with Garrett Estabrook.
Louisville 000-000-301 -- 4-11-3USC (10)04-005-00x -- 19-15-1Eilers, Fernandez (1), Keaton (3), Davis (5) and Isa, De la Osa (7).Prior, Dizard (6), Williams (7), Olson (8), Bannister (9) and Concepcion, Bonovich (6), Mosich (8).WP - Prior (1-0) LP - Eilers (0-1)Home Runs: USC - Garibaldi (1), first inning, one on, no outs Montanez (1), first inning, two on, one out Barre (1), sixth inning, three on, two outT: 3:14 ATT: 663