Baseball Completes Doubleheader Sweep At Houston

March 3, 2001

HOUSTON, Tex. - Alberto Concepcion and Brian Barre both homered Saturday as the USC Trojans completed a doubleheader sweep with a 7-3 victory against the Houston Cougars in the nightcap.

Concepcion hit a two-run homer in the fourth, followed by Barre's solo shot for the Trojans (11-4), who are ranked No. 4 in the nation according to ESPN/USA Today Baseball Weekly and No. 5 in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Senior Rik Currier (4-0) struck out nine and scattered seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Sophomore Brian Bannister picked up his second save of the day by throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

In the doubleheader, the Trojans' pitching staff recorded 24 strikeouts. The combination of Currier and Mark Prior has produced incredible numbers: 8-0 record, 1.82 ERA, 64 innings, 39 hits, 83 strikeouts and only 13 walks.

The Cougars (6-11) led off the scoring when Josh Snook deposited a Currier pitch over the left field fence in the first. With runners on first and second, Currier then struck out Thomas Papavasiliou and Sean Allen to end the inning.

Seth Davidson went 3-for-5, including a leadoff triple in the fifth that led to another run. He also had two stolen bases, including stealing home in the seventh on a double steal with Jon Brewster. It was the first time that a Trojan has stolen home since the 1998 national championship when Morgan Ensberg, who ironically is a member of the Houston Astros, accomplished the feat in USC's 21-14 win over Arizona State.

With the two stolen bases, Davidson needs one more to tie the school career record for most stolen bases (57), held by Mark Smith.

Brewster recorded three stolen bases on the evening for the Trojans.

The Trojans will look to complete a series sweep tomorrow and avenge last year's three-game sweep by Houston at Dedeaux Field.

Sunday's game will be broadcast on the Internet by Texas Sports Radio Network at www.tsrn.com.

USC	000-310-102 --- 7-10-0Houston	100-000-200 --- 3-10-3

WP - Currier (4-0) LP - Faught (0-3) S - Bannister (2)Currier, Dizard (7), Bannister (7) and Concepcion.Faught, Torina (7), Reiss (9) and Bertillon.T - 3:16 ATT - 313

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