Stanford Sweeps Baseball In Dedeaux Field Opener

March 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 Stanford Cardinal scored twice in the 11th inning Saturday to complete a non-conference doubleheader sweep against the USC Trojans, 9-3 and 12-10 (11 innings), at Dedeaux Field. Stanford rallied from a five-run deficit in the first game and won the second game, despite having a seven-run lead in the fourth inning.

Stanford improves to 16-5 overall while USC falls to 12-12 on the season. The Trojans played their first home game of the season after 22 straight road games, due to construction at Dedeaux Field.

In game one, the Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead with four runs in the first and one in the second off Stanford starter Jeremy Guthrie (6-0). The Cardinal scored three in the third on an RBI single by Chris O'Riordan and two-run double by Ryan Garko.

The big inning came for the Cardinal in the sixth with five runs when Brian Hall hit a two-run double, followed by a two-run homer to right by Arik VanZandt, his first of the season. Down 9-5 in the seventh, the Trojans loaded the bases with no outs, but could only muster a run on a Dan Rich wild pitch as Rich retired three straight batters to end the threat.

In the second game of the doubleheader, it was the Trojans' turn to rally. Stanford led 7-0 in the fourth inning before USC scored three in the bottom of the inning.

Freshman Joey Metropoulos hit a two-run double as part of the three-run fourth, but had to leave the game after spraining his right ankle rounding third base on a single by Bill Peavey. Metropoulos is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

After Stanford scored two in the fifth, the Trojans answered with three runs. With runners on first and second, Nick Mosich's single to left was misplayed by left fielder Jason Cooper, allowing all three runners to score.

USC scored three runs in the eighth with the go-ahead run at third, but Stanford reliever Ryan McCally struck out Trojan second baseman Anthony Lunetta looking to end the threat. The Trojans had a golden opportunity in the ninth with runners at first and third with no outs, but could not capitalize.

The Cardinal scored two unearned runs in the 11th on RBI singles by Scott Dragicevich and VanZandt, nullifying a fine effort by Trojan reliever Cory Campos (0-1), who pitched four innings and allowed only three hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Both teams will conclude the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.

Game 1Stanford 003-005-100 - 9-11-0USC 410-000-100 - 6-10-1

WP - Guthrie (6-0) LP - Chico (1-2) S - Rich (1)Guthrie, Rich (7) and Garko.Chico, Butler (6), Howell (6), Rummonds (8) and Concepcion.T - 3:03 ATT - 1,154

Game 2Stanford 220-321-000-02 - 12-18-2USC 000-331-030-00 - 10-12-5

WP - McCally (1-0) L - Campos (0-1)Cunningham, Ehrlich (7), Naatjes (8), Willcox (8), McCally (8) and Lucy.Reyes, Olson (4), Campos (8) and Concepcion.T - 4:25 ATT - 1,154

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