Baseball Sweeps Washington State With 15-9 Win

April 21, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Alberto Concepcion's three-run homer snapped a 7-7 tie Sunday and the USC Trojans completed a Pac-10 series sweep with a 15-9 win against the host Washington State Cougars. Concepcion's homer was part of an eight-run sixth inning as the Trojans rallied from a four-run deficit.

USC remains in first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 9-3 record. The Trojans are 24-16 overall and received help today as California defeated Arizona State, 9-3, and Washington beat Stanford, 4-3, in 10 innings. Washington State falls to 14-23 overall and 2-10 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans have also won 12 of their last 15 games.

Concepcion went 1-for-3 with the home run and three RBI, going 9-for-14 in the series (.643) with two triples, a home run and 10 RBI.

Senior Bill Peavey completed an incredible weekend for the Trojans, going 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, a sacrifice fly and three RBI. Peavey finished the series with a 9-for-11 performance (.818) with three doubles, three home runs, four walks and 10 RBI. The Brisbane, Calif. native has a 14-game hitting streak where he is batting .529 (27-for-51) during that stretch with eight doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI. He is also batting .615 (16-for-26) in his last seven games with five doubles, three home runs, six walks and 15 RBI.

Junior Cory Campos (3-1) closed out the game with 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing only one run and striking out four Cougars without allowing a walk. For the week, Campos was 2-0 with a save and a 0.79 ERA. In 11 1/3 innings, Campos allowed only one run on seven hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts.

Both teams were scoreless until the fourth when the Trojans scored twice, thanks to an RBI single by freshman Joey Metropoulos and run-scoring groundout by junior David Gordon.

The Cougars answered in the fourth when designated hitter Wes Falkenborg scored on a wild pitch by Trojan starter Jordan Olson. First baseman Steve Mortimer hit a two-run double to right to give Washington State the 3-2 lead. USC tied the game in the fifth on a run-scoring groundout by sophomore Michael Moon.

WSU took a four-run lead after the first four runners reached base safely in the fifth. Third baseman Jeff LaRue hit an RBI single followed by a two-run double to center by Falkenborg off reliever Jon Williams. Right fielder Collin Henderson added an RBI single to complete the scoring for the Cougars.

With two outs in the sixth and a run already in for the Trojans, Travis McAndrews entered the game as a pinch-hitter and started a rally with an RBI single over the glove of a diving Mortimer into right field. Sophomore Jon Brewster and junior Brian Barre both walked to load the bases for sophomore Michael Moon, who tied the game at 7-7 with a two-run flare to left that dropped in front of left fielder Justin Hart. Concepcion then hit his three-run homer to right center, followed by Peavey's solo shot to right to cap the eight-run inning.

USC added an insurance run in the eighth and three runs in the ninth as the Trojans scored 43 runs for the three-game series.

The Trojans will begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday (April 23) against San Diego State in non-conference action at 5 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. USC will then play UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (April 24) at 5 p.m. before hosting Arizona in a Pac-10 series, starting on Friday (April 26) at 6 p.m. The series will continue with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday (April 27) and Sunday (April 28). All five games will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.

USC           000-218-013 --- 15-14-1Wash. State   000-340-200 --- 9-14-2

WP - Campos (3-1) LP - Hendon (0-2)Olson, Williams (5), Campos (7) and Concepcion.Chamberlin, Hendon (6), Fisher (6), Gorrell (8) and Reddinger.T - 3:16 ATT - 591

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