Gillespie Gets 600th Win As Baseball Beats Long Beach State
May 15, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- A five-run third inning proved to be the difference Tuesday as Head Coach Mike Gillespie registered his 600th win at USC and the Trojans (No. 1 - Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 - Baseball America and ESPN/USA Today Baseball Weekly) defeated the Long Beach State 49ers, 10-2, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans have now won eight straight games and 22 of their last 28.
USC (37-16) got a strong performance on the mound from its four pitchers: Fraser Dizard, Chad Clark, Jordan Olson and Brian Bannister. Dizard (3-3) struck out five in four innings of work. Clark and Olson threw two scoreless innings each while Bannister struck out the side in the ninth.
The pitching staff has made the difference for the Trojans during the current eight-game winning streak. In 72 innings, USC has a 2.13 ERA and has allowed 61 hits, struck out 90 and walked only 14 batters.
'I feel good about the way we are going,' said Gillespie. 'We are getting more productive performances from more players. We scuffled early this season on the mound, but they have all pitched well lately.'
Long Beach State (34-19) looked to jump on the Trojans early when designated hitter Nick Covarrubias led off the game with a triple to right. He scored on a ground ball by Jeremy Reed for the 1-0 lead. Bobby Crosby doubled, but Dizard struck out Jeff Jones and Paul Macaluso to end the threat.
The Trojans took the lead for good in the second when freshman Michael Moon hit a two-run shot to right, his third home run of the season.
In the third, Anthony Lunetta started the scoring with an RBI single to score Abel Montanez. Bill Peavey walked to load the bases for Alberto Concepcion. Long Beach State pitcher Chad Bentz threw a wild pitch to score Brian Barre and catcher Bryan Kennedy allowed a passed ball to score Lunetta. Concepcion hit a triple to score Peavey and would finish the scoring when he stole home on a 2-2 count to Josh Persell.
It was the second time this season that a Trojan has stolen home on a straight steal (Brian Barre on March 14 stole home in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 4-3, against San Diego).
Gillespie, in his 15th season at USC, now has a record of 600-329-2 with the Trojans.
USC will complete its regular season schedule with a Pac-10 series at Oregon State, beginning on Friday (May 18) at 3 p.m. The Trojans can win their first conference title since 1996 with two wins in the series as USC is two games ahead of Stanford in the conference standings. All three games this weekend will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.
LBSU 100-100-000--- 2-5-1USC 025-021-00x--- 10-12-0Paz, Bentz (3), Baumback (3), Demaria (5), Ashabraner (6), Rohlicek (8) and Kennedy.Dizard, Clark (5), Olson (7), Bannister (9) and Concepcion.WP - Dizard (3-3) LP - Paz (7-7)T: 2:54 ATT: 319
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