Prior Fans 14 Huskies In Pac-10 Opener

March 17, 2001

SEATTLE - USC ace Mark Prior struck out a career-high 14 batters in a two-hit complete game to leadthe 10th-ranked Trojans to a 5-1 win over the Washington baseball team Saturday at HuskyBallpark in both team's Pac-10 Conference opener.

Prior, considered by many the top prospect in the nation, improved to 5-1 with the victory.The one run he allowed was unearned, and with no walks on the day, he now has 80strikeouts and only six walks in 50 and two-thirds innings this season. Last weekend atStanford, Prior tied his old career high for strikeouts when he fanned 13 Cardinal batters.

Washington (0-1 Pac-10, 9-4 overall) opened the scoring in the fourth. Brandon Jacobsonled off the inning by reaching on catcher's interference. After two outs, he moved to thirdon a single from Jay Garthwaite and scored on a wild pitch from Prior. The only otherHusky hit of the contest came when Tyler Davidson led off the fifth with a single.

USC (1-0, 15-8) didn't trail for long. In the fifth, Husky starter Tyler Shepple walked thefirst two men and then gave up and RBI single to Josh Percell and a sacrifice fly to BillPeavey as the Trojans took a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, run-scoring singles from MichaelMoon and Jon Brewster plated two more runs for the visitors and Peavey capped thescoring with a solo homer in the ninth, his second of the year.

Shepple, a sophomore right-hander, fell to 0-2 with the loss. He gave up four runs on sixhits in six and one-third innings.

The Huskies and Trojans continue the three-game series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. gamebefore closing it out on Monday, also a 1:00 p.m. start. Sunday's game will air live onKSRB AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Game#10 USC 5, Washington 1USC           000 020 201 -- 5 9 3Washington    000 100 000 -- 1 2 0Mark Prior and Alberto Concepcion. Tyler Shepple, Mike Bomar (7) and Jefferson Thiel.W - Prior (5-1). L - Shepple (0-2). 2B - USC, Jon Brewster. HR - USC, Bill Peavey (2).T - 2:29. A - 532.
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