Baseball Scores Six In The Eighth For 10-8 Win Against No. 25 San Diego State

April 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Michael Morales stole home on a bases-loaded triple steal for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday and the USC Trojans defeated the No. 25 San Diego State Aztecs, 10-8, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. USC head coach Mike Gillespie called for the triple steal with a 2-1 count on Bill Peavey with two outs and San Diego State closer Royce Ring on the mound as Morales was able to slide under the tag of catcher Brian Manfred.

USC improves to 25-16 overall while San Diego State falls to 33-14 on the season. The Trojans have won five straight and 13 of their last 16 games.

The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run to right by catcher Alberto Concepcion, his eighth of the season. The Aztecs answered with five runs in the second on a two-run single by left fielder Ryan Wilson, two-run double to right by shortstop Taber Lee and run-scoring groundout by designated hitter Anthony Gwynn.

Concepcion added an RBI groundout in the third, followed by Peavey, who hit a two-run homer to right, his 11th of the season. Peavey went 1-for-3 to increase his team-high hitting streak to 15 games.

A sacrifice fly by right fielder Jake McLintock gave the Aztecs a 6-4 lead in the eighth before the Trojans scored six in the bottom of the inning.

After Morales stole home, Peavey walked to load the bases again. Freshman designated hitter Joey Metropoulos hit a fly ball to shallow left field that fell between Lee and Josh Hill for a two-run single. Anthony Lunetta singled to right to complete the scoring for the Trojans.

San Diego State scored twice in the ninth, but USC reliever Cory Campos retired the final two batters to end the game.

The Trojans will host UC Santa Barbara tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Dedeaux Field before hosting Arizona in a Pac-10 Conference series beginning on Friday (April 26) at 6 p.m. with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. All four games will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com

SDSU 050-000-012 - 8-8-0USC 103-000-06x - 10-12-2

WP - Williams (5-2) LP - Carque (6-2)Fiedler, Harang (3), Hartshorn (3), Carque (6), Ring (8), Moat (8) and Manfred.Howell, Rummonds (3), Williams (8), Campos (9) and Concepcion.T - 3:11 ATT - 319

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