Prior Strikes Out 14 As Baseball Shuts Out UCLA In 2-0 Victory
April 27, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Mark Prior struck out 14 batters without allowing a walk in a complete game effort Friday and the No. 6 USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 2-0, in Pac-10 Conference action at Dedeaux Field. The win, coupled with a 7-4 loss by Stanford against California, pushes the Trojans into a first-place tie with the Cardinal in conference play.
Prior (12-1) threw his third shutout and fifth complete game in six Pac-10 starts, improving to 6-0 in conference play for USC (30-16, 11-5).
UCLA (25-18, 6-7) also received a pitching gem from Paul Diaz (3-1), who went 7 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs on six hits.
Prior, who is making a claim as the nation's top collegiate player, now has a 1.07 ERA on the season. In 100 2/3 innings, Prior has allowed only 58 hits (five doubles, no triples, two home runs), struck out 149 and walked only 12 batters. Opponents are hitting .166 against him.
His numbers in Pac-10 play are astronomical. Prior in six conference starts is 6-0 with a 0.34 ERA (two earned runs). In 53 innings, he has allowed 25 hits (two doubles, no triples, no home runs), struck out 76 and walked only four with opponents batting .140 against him. He also has a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings in Pac-10 play.
Brian Barre led off the game for the Trojans with a shot to right field that Ben Francisco was unable to handle. Barre advanced to second on a Diaz wild pitch and moved to third on a groundout by Seth Davidson. Diaz was called for a balk, allowing Barre to score the first run of the game.
In the third inning, Davidson hit his first home run of the season to right to complete the scoring. With the run, Davidson also became USC's all-time career leader in runs scored (188), surpassing the old mark held by Murph Proctor (1988-91) of 187 runs. Davidson is now USC's all-time leader in hits, runs scored and stolen bases, marks that were all set this season.
Prior got out of some situations during the game. With runners at first and second in the fourth inning with no outs, he struck out Francisco and John Campanella before retiring Josh Arhart on a groundout to end the inning.
In the sixth with runners at first and third with one out, Prior got Francisco to ground out into a 5-4-3 double play to end another threat.
USC will resume its series with UCLA tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the finale on Sunday (April 29), also at 1 p.m. The games will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.
UCLA 000-000-000--- 0-6-0USC 101-000-00x--- 2-6-1Diaz, Kunes (8) and Arhart.Prior and Concepcion.WP - Prior (12-1) LP - Diaz (3-1)T: 2:11 ATT: 987
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