Williams Wipes Out Waves In Baseball's 5-3 Win

March 16, 2002

MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore right-hander Jon Williams retired 18 straight batters Saturday and the USC Trojans defeated the Pepperdine Waves, 5-3, in non-conference action at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Trojans have a modest three-game winning streak.

USC improves to 10-9 overall while Pepperdine falls to 11-15 on the season.

Williams replaced starter Brett Bannister with two outs in the third and the Trojans leading, 4-3. He allowed a single to Pepperdine third baseman Steve Kleen, but struck out second baseman Simon Ferrer to end the inning. In the fourth, he allowed a leadoff single to center fielder Jason Payne before his streak of retiring 18 straight Waves to improve to 3-1 on the season.

The big inning for the Trojans came in the second. With Michael Moon at second, right fielder Travis McAndrews hit a fly ball to Payne that was dropped, advancing Moon to second and McAndrews to third. Shortstop Rafael Torres hit a ground ball that was bobbled by Pepperdine pitcher Brandon Boesch. Boesch threw the ball away at first, allowing Moon and McAndrews to score and advancing Torres to third. Second baseman Anthony Lunetta singled to right, scoring Torres to complete the three-run inning.

Williams and Bannister combined to strikeout seven batters without allowing a walk. It was the first game this season that the Trojans have not allowed a walk.

The Trojans will play tomorrow at Pepperdine at 1 p.m. USC will finish its streak of 22 road games to open the 2002 season against San Diego State on Monday (March 18) at 6 p.m. and Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (March 19) at 2 p.m. All games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.

USC           130-100-000 --- 5-9-0Pepperdine    102-000-000 --- 3-9-4

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