Baseball Wins Pac-10 Title Outright With 1-0 Shutout At Oregon State
May 21, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomores Anthony Reyes and Brian Bannister combined on a shutout Sunday and the USC Trojans (No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 by Baseball America and ESPN/USA Today Baseball Weekly) defeated the Oregon State Beavers, 1-0, in Pac-10 Conference action. With the win, the Trojans win the conference title outright to finish one game ahead of Stanford. USC wins its first conference title since 1996 and fourth under Head Coach Mike Gillespie.
USC (39-17, 18-6) won its seventh consecutive Pac-10 series after dropping two of three in March at Washington.
Reyes (4-3) allowed only five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He has allowed only two runs in his last 24 innings.
Bannister recorded his fourth save of the season after retiring the side when he entered the game in the eighth. He threw three perfect innings in Friday's 7-3 win and, with the exception of hitting Will Hudson in the ninth on Sunday, retired all six batters he faced.
Oregon State (31-24, 11-13) was in a must-win situation in order to secure a postseason berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986. With one out in the ninth and Hudson at first, the Beavers were close in winning the game. Pinch-hitter Seth Pietsch hammered a fly ball down the left field line, but the wind kept it in play as Michael Morales made the catch on the warning track. Bannister then struck out Eric Stark to end the game.
The Trojans scored their lone run when Anthony Lunetta led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. Freshman Michael Moon sacrificed Lunetta to third and junior first baseman Bill Peavey registered his second game-winning hit in three days with a sacrifice fly to left.
With the automatic bid for winning the conference title, the Trojans will look to wrap up a national No. 1 seed for the NCAA First-Round Regional when the 64 teams who made the tournament are announced tomorrow on ESPN at noon. Eight teams will receive a No. 1 seed and will have the opportunity to also host the NCAA Super Regional during the weekend of June 1-3.
All-tournament passes will be available for next weekend's NCAA First-Round Regional by calling the USC ticket office at (213) 740-GOSC. The regional will begin on Friday (May 25) at 3 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. All postseason games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
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