Stanford Crushes Baseball In 15-3 Rout
March 10, 2001
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former USC pitcher Jeff Bruksch allowed only one run in eight innings Saturday and the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal crushed the No. 4 USC Trojans, 15-3, in non-conference action.
Bruksch (4-0) did not allow a run until Anthony Lunetta's solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. Center fielder Sam Fuld went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Cardinal (17-5) in front of 2,464 at Sunken Diamond. Stanford has won both games of this weekend's series and 15 of its last 17 games.
The Cardinal was able to take advantage of an inconsistent Rik Currier for the Trojans (12-7). Stanford led off the second with back-to-back singles by right fielder Carlos Quentin and shortstop Scott Dragicevich before Fuld hit a two-run double to left. Designated hitter Darin Naatjes singled to center, scoring Fuld.
An error by USC first baseman Bill Peavey on an easy groundball led off the bottom of the third as Stanford scored three more runs as the rout was on for the Cardinal.
Currier (4-1) allowed nine hits and eight runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work as the Trojans dropped their third game in a row. With six strikeouts, Currier surpassed Brent Strom for second place on USC's all-time list for career strikeouts. He now has 365 career strikeouts and needs 55 to tie Seth Etherton for the school and Pac-10 Conference record (420).
Lunetta's home run snapped USC's streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. The Trojans were also in danger of being shut out in back-to-back games for only the third time in modern history. USC was shut out on Feb. 19-20, 1982, by Long Beach State. The 1968 team suffered three straight shutouts early in the season, but would eventually win the national championship.
The series concludes tomorrow (March 11) at 1 p.m. with the game to be broadcast on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 000-000-012 --- 3-10-3Stanford 033-022-32x --- 15-15-1
WP - Bruksch (4-0) LP - Currier (4-1)Currier, Dizard (5), Rummonds (7), Williams (8) and Concepcion, Bonovich (6).Bruksch, Gloger (9) and Tirpack, Garza (9).T - 3:15 ATT - 2,464