Pepperdine Shuts Down Baseball's Offense

April 30, 2002

LOS ANGELES - James Carroll and Robert Hobbs combined on a five-hitter Tuesday and the Pepperdine Waves defeated the No. 20 USC Trojans, 7-1, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. Pepperdine scored five runs in the first off USC starter Chad Clark.

Pepperdine improves to 23-24 overall while USC falls to 28-18 on the season. The Trojans' streak of scoring double digits was snapped at a school-record eight games as USC had averaged over 12 runs during that span before tonight's loss. Carroll (1-2) allowed one run on five hits in five innings of work. Hobbs picked up his first save of the season with four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Brett Bannister pitched well in relief of Clark for the Trojans with 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run (unearned) on six hits. Bannister allowed two walks and struck out six.

Catcher Nelson Caraballo went 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Waves.

The Trojans will take a nine-day break before resuming Pac-10 Conference play with an important series at home against Washington (May 10-12). USC is in first place in the conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington. All three games will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.

Pepperdine 500-100-001 - 7-12-0USC 000-100-000 - 1-5-3

WP - Carroll (1-2) LP - Clark (0-2) S - Hobbs (1)Carroll, Hobbs (6) and Caraballo.Clark, Bannister (1), Campos (8) and Concepcion.T - 2:48 ATT - 259

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