Anthony Reyes' 3-hitter Beats Fresno State, 8-0
May 27, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Anthony Reyes threw a dominating 3-hit shutout asNo. 2 USC beat unranked Fresno State, 8-0, in the championship game of theNCAA Baseball Los Angeles Regional before 1,594 fans at USC's Dedeaux Fieldon Sunday afternoon (May 27).
USC, seeded first in this regional, improves to 42-17. The Trojans,winners of an unprecedented 12 College World Series, now move on to play thewinner of the South Bend Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 1-3 at asite to be announced on Monday (May 28).
Third-seeded Fresno State concludes its season with a 41-25 mark.
Reyes surrendered just an infield single to Nick Garcia in the firstinning until Brandon Gemoll singled to right in the seventh. FSU's onlyother hit was a double by Tobey Riday-White in the eighth. Only 2 Bulldogsgot to second base and Reyes picked off both to end innings. He struck out10, walked none and hit 1 batter while improving to 5-3. Of his 108 pitches,85 were strikes.
Reyes has been very effective lately, having allowed just 1 earned run inhis last 33 innings. In his last 4 outings, he is 4-0 with an 0.27 ERA.This was his second complete game in his last 3 starts.'I felt really good out there,' said Reyes. 'I wasn't spotting the ball aswell as I wanted to. But they were getting themselves out. I was justthrowing pitches I knew that they could hit, but not hard.'
Said USC head coach Mike Gillespie: 'It's obvious to everyone that wegot a great pitching performance from Anthony Reyes. He's on a roll rightnow. And we again got really good production up and down the lineup.'
USC, playing as the visiting team, scored in all but 3 innings. TheTrojans opened their scoring by getting a run in the top of the third whenBrian Barre got an infield single, Seth Davidson singled him to third andBarre scored on a wild pitch by starter Francisco Nieves.
The Trojans added 3 runs in the fifth, all with 2 outs. Barre, Davidsonand Concepcion hit consecutive singles, with Barre scoring on Concepcion'shit and Davidson coming home when Riday-White bobbled the ball in rightfield. Concepcion then came in when third baseman Nick Garcia couldn't getto Anthony Lunetta's popup down the left field line.
With 2 outs in the sixth, Abel Montanez hit an opposite field home run toright field, his second of the year. Nieves-who suffered the loss and fellto 7-4-was knocked out of the game when the next batter, Josh Self, doubled(he was relieved by Jason Gutknecht).
Concepcion blasted his fourth home run of the year to straightaway centerin the seventh.
Michael Moon led off the eighth with a triple and came home on Montanez'sdouble off reliever Ozzie Gonzalez.
In the ninth, Davidson walked, went to second on Gonzalez's wild pitchand to third on a groundout, and came home on Lunetta's single.
'That was a tough game for us,' said Fresno State head coach Bob Bennett. 'Reyes had great stuff, as good as anyone we've seen. We were well in thegame until the fifth, when they scored 3 runs. We broke down a bitdefensively and their hitters relaxed and got us out of our rhythm on themound. With Reyes pitching and 5 runs, they had a sure thing.'
Davidson, Concepcion and Moon each had 3 hits to pace the Trojans' 17-hitattack.
Moon, who hit a game-winning 2-run homer on Saturday to beat Pepperdine andhad 3 hits and 3 RBI in USC's opening win over Oral Roberts on Friday, wasnamed the regional's Most Outstanding Player. He was joined on theAll-Tournament team by teammates Reyes, Concepcion, Barre and Montanez.Oscar Lopez, Josh LaBandeira and Casey McGehee made the All-Tournament teamfor Fresno State, as did Pepperdine's Jared Pitney, Daniel Haren and NoahLowry.