Baseball Takes First Two Games Of Series With 5-1 Win Against No. 10 Arizona State

April 7, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- Senior Rik Currier allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings while senior Abel Montanez delivered two key hits Saturday and the No. 12 USC Trojans defeated the No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils, 5-1, in Pac-10 action at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans (23-11, 6-2) have won the first two games of the series and will look to record their first series sweep against the Sun Devils (21-11-1, 4-7) for the first time since 1997 when USC swept the series in Tempe, Ariz. (12-7, 15-4, 11-7).

Currier (6-1) scattered eight hits and struck out seven while walking three. He has allowed only four earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings of work. Jon Switzer (4-2) picked up the loss for Arizona State, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. Switzer struck out six and allowed one walk.

'Rik did a great job of pitching out of trouble today,' said USC Head Coach Mike Gillespie. 'It was a courageous performance and we also got some clutch hits from several players.'

The Trojans have won eight of their last nine games.

The first inning set the tempo for the game. Chris Duffy led off the game for ASU with a single to right. Dennis Wyrick walked and Casey Myers struck out. With one out, Brooks Conrad walked to load the bases, but Currier got Rod Allen to ground out into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Trojans answered in the bottom half of the inning on singles by Seth Davidson and Brian Barre. On a pitch to Anthony Lunetta, Barre broke for second and was caught in a rundown. During the rundown, Davidson broke for third and reached safely on the fielder's choice as Barre got back to first. Lunetta then hit a triple off the wall in right center to give USC the early 2-0 lead.

ASU scored its lone run in the second on an RBI double by Jeff Phelps, scoring Steve Garrabrants. The run set a new NCAA record as Arizona State played its 350th consecutive game without being shut out.

Both Currier and Switzer settled down through the middle innings as they retired eight and seven batters, respectively, in a row.

USC increased its lead in the sixth with two outs. Michael Moon singled to left on a 1-2 count, stole second and advanced to third on a Switzer wild pitch. Montanez, who was batting .125 for the season, pinch-hit for Jon Brewster and delivered an RBI single to left.

Montanez came up again in the eighth with the bases loaded after Moon was intentionally walked and hit an RBI single to right. Rob Garibaldi followed with an RBI single to right to complete the scoring.

'It has been a frustrating season for Abel,' said Gillespie. 'Everyone was very happy for him today.'

The series finale will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. with USC's Anthony Reyes (1-1, 4.41) scheduled to start against Arizona State's Mike Esposito (1-2, 5.20). The game will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.

Arizona State	010-000-000 --- 1-9-0USC	       	200-001-02x --- 5-10-0Switzer, Friedberg (7), Kartler (8), Torres (8), Klusman (8) and Myers.Currier, Dizard (8) and Concepcion.WP - Currier (6-1)   LP - Switzer (4-2)  S - Dizard (3)T: 3:11    ATT:  526

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