Baseball Falls at Long Beach State, 7-4
Feb. 9, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Shortstop Kevin Randel's two-run, bases-loaded single keyed a three-run second inning Saturday and the Long Beach State 49ers defeated the No. 4 USC Trojans, 7-4, in non-conference action at Blair Field. The 49ers have taken the first two games of the series and will go for the first-ever sweep against USC in a three-game series on Sunday.
The 49ers jumped on USC starter Chad Clark with a run in the first and three in the second. Clark lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. Bret Butler got third baseman Edgar Varela to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
USC (0-2) had a difficult time on the mound as Trojan pitchers allowed 12 walks on the afternoon. Long Beach State (2-0) took advantage as five players who walked eventually scored.
The Trojans had opportunities at the plate. In the third inning, Brian Barre hit a two-run triple with two outs. Catcher Alberto Concepcion was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners, but right fielder Travis McAndrews grounded out to first to end the inning.
With runners at first and second with no outs in the sixth, Chris Demaria replaced 49ers' starter Daniel Eisentrager and retired the side. Demaria went four innings, allowing only two hits to record the save for the 49ers.
Tomorrow's game will start after a 1:05 p.m. ceremony for former Long Beach State head coach Dave Snow, who will have his number retired. Snow retired last year after spending 13 seasons at the helm of the Long Beach State program. The game will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 002-001-010 --- 4-10-0Long Beach St. 130-101-01x --- 7-10-2
WP - Eisentrager (1-0) LP - Clark (0-1) S - Demaria (1)Clark, Butler (2), Rummonds (5), Olson (6), Wentworth (8), Todd (8) and Concepcion.Eisentrager, Demaria (6) and Davis.T - 3:33 ATT - 1,386