Baseball Rallies for 11-10 Win Against No. 6 Miami
March 1, 2002
FULLERTON, Calif. - Sophomore shortstop Michael Moon's two-run triple capped a four-run rally in the eighth Friday and the No. 17 USC Trojans defeated the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes, 12-11, in the first day of the 2002 Kia Baseball Bash. Freshman reliever Bret Butler recorded his first collegiate win for the Trojans with two no-hit innings in relief.
USC improves to 6-5 on the season and has won four straight while Miami falls to 8-5 overall.
Travis McAndrews led off the eighth for the Trojans with a single off Miami reliever George Huguet (2-1). Senior center fielder Brian Barre hit his second home run of the game with a two-run shot to right field, cutting the Miami lead to 10-9. It was Barre's second career two-homer game with his first one, ironically, also at Goodwin Field on Feb. 15, 2000, against Cal State Fullerton.
Catcher Alberto Concepcion doubled to right and first baseman Bill Peavey flew out to left, advancing Concepcion to third. With two outs in the inning, second baseman Anthony Lunetta was hit by a pitch setting the stage for Moon, who hit a 1-1 pitch down the right field line.
Concepcion went 4-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI for the Trojans.
Both starting pitchers struggled as USC's Matt Chico went 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Miami's Troy Roberson went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
USC had a 5-3 lead in the sixth when the Hurricanes led off the innings with four straight hits. Javy Rodriguez hit an RBI triple to right, followed by Kevin Howard's RBI double and Danny Matienzo's RBI single for a 6-5 lead.
Miami scored four more in the seventh when two runners at third advanced on balk calls against USC's Chad Clark and Cory Campos. Kevin Mannix hit a two-run single to complete the scoring for the Hurricanes.
Trojan third baseman Matt Bonovich hit a two-run triple that bounced over a diving Jim Burt's glove down the right field line for a 10-7 Miami advantage.
This was the first meeting in 13 games on the West Coast between the two schools. Miami is 8-5 in the all-time series with seven games of the series played at the College World Series in Omaha.
The Trojans will face No. 25 Houston tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time and No. 11 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday (March 3) at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
Miami 002-103-400 --- 10-12-0USC 020-210-24x --- 11-14-1
WP - Butler (1-0) LP - Huguet (2-1)Roberson, Cohn (4), Vazquez (5), Valdes-Fauli (6), Huguet (8) and San Pedro.Chico, Williams (4), Clark (7), Campos (7), Butler (8) and Concepcion.T - 3:25 ATT - 1,201