Baseball Breaks Open Game Late In 11-4 Win Against Louisville.
Feb. 4, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Senior Bill Peavey (Brisbane/Serra) hit a two-run double in the eighth Sunday for the go-ahead runs as part of a seven-run inning and the No. 2 USC Trojans defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 11-4, at Dedeaux Field in non-conference action. Peavey hit a 2-2 pitch off reliever Antonio Castellvi into right center for the game-winning hit.
'This year, I'm not trying to sit on a pitch, but I'm focusing on keeping the barrel of my bat level through the zone,' said Peavey. 'Compared to last year, it's been a big difference for me this year.'
Peavey is 6-for-9 on the season (.667) and is tied for the team lead with six RBI.
'Peavey's hit today was a giant one,' said USC Head Coach Mike Gillespie. 'Good things happen to good guys. He has been hanging in there and been battling for four years.'
Louisville (0-2) battled back after suffering a 19-4 loss on Saturday with a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Carlos De la Osa. USC (3-0) answered with two runs in the second on four singles.
The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth when designated hitter Scott Gerlach was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs against the Trojans' starter Rik Currier. Currier got right fielder Mark Jurich to ground out to first, ending the threat.
With two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded single by Brian Barre (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS), the Trojans took a 4-2 lead and brought in righthander Chad Clark (Glendora/Glendora HS). Clark gave up two runs to Louisville on a two-run double down the right field line by center fielder Mike Hook. With runners at second and third, Clark (1-0) recorded two straight outs to again end the Cardinals' threat.
The Trojans' eighth started when a bunt by Josh Persell was overthrown by Louisville reliever Josh Ring (0-1) for a two-base error. Second baseman Anthony Lunetta was hit by a pitch and Alberto Concepcion struck out before Castellvi entered the game. Lunetta went 3-for-3 for the game while freshman third baseman Michael Moon went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
'I think Louisville showed a lot of guts after yesterday's game,' said Gillespie. 'For them to come out and compete like they did I think was impressive. All in all, I think it was a pretty good college baseball game.'
The Trojans will host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 6 p.m. and will face Long Beach State next weekend with Friday (Feb. 9) and Sunday's (Feb. 11) games played at Blair Field in Long Beach while the Saturday (Feb. 10) game will be held at Dedeaux Field.
Louisville 100-001-200 -- 4-8-1USC 020-002-07x -- 11-13-0Estabrook, Ring (6), Castellvi (8), Cruse (8) and De la Osa.Currier, Clark (7), Bannister (9) and Concepcion.WP - Clark (1-0) LP - Ring (0-1)Home Runs: NoneT: 2:55 ATT: 543