Baseball Crushes UCLA, 26-4, to Take First Two Games of Series
Feb. 23, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The No. 18 USC Trojans recorded the greatest number of runs and tied the largest margin of victory Saturday in the all-time series against the UCLA Bruins with a 26-4 non-conference win at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Trojans defeated the Bruins, 23-1, on March 23, 1958.
Matt Bonovich (Sacramento/Sacramento CC) made his first start at third base and led the Trojans (4-5), going 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBI. Bonovich also made two diving catches defensively. Freshman J.P. Howell (2-1) threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits to get the win.
USC has won the first two games of the series against UCLA (7-8), that has lost five straight games.
With a 2-0 lead, the Trojans did the biggest damage in the second inning when 16 batters went to the plate to produce 10 runs, all of them coming with two outs. Designated hitter Joey Metropoulos and right fielder Michael Morales singled and center fielder Brian Barre popped up to short for the second out of the inning. Left fielder Mark McCauley hit a two-run double, followed by an RBI double by second baseman Anthony Lunetta. Catcher Alberto Concepcion and first baseman Bill Peavey hit RBI doubles to knock out UCLA starter Mike Kunes, who allowed eight runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Bonovich then hit a two-run homer to left off UCLA's Kyle Wilson. Shortstop Michael Moon's groundball on the next play rolled through the legs of Bruin first baseman Casey Janssen. UCLA committed five errors on the afternoon.
Metropoulos took advantage by hitting his first collegiate home run with a two-run shot to left with McCauley hitting an RBI single to right to complete the scoring. The Trojans were three runs away from tying the school record for most runs in an inning (13, twice...last time vs. UNC Greensboro on May 26, 1994, at the South Regional in Baton Rouge, La.).
The Trojans' output of 26 runs are the most since May 25, 1990, when USC defeated Houston, 26-11, at the South I Regional in Baton Rouge, La. It ties the mark for the third-highest number of runs produced in school history (the school record is 35, set on May 5, 1959, vs. Occidental). Ironically, the Trojans held a 24-0 lead in the seventh inning, three short of the football team's 27-0 shutout against UCLA last November at the Coliseum.
The series concludes tomorrow (Feb. 24) also at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
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WP - Howell (2-1) LP - Kunes (2-1)Howell, Clark (6), Todd (7), Butler (8), Wentworth (9) and Concepcion, Mosich (5).Kunes, Wilson (2), Beck (2), Lyon (3), Davern (4), Castillo (5), Reid (8), Susdorf (9) and Arhart, Trott (6).T - 3:11 ATT - 867