Baseball Remains In First Place After 8-6 Pac-10 Win Over Washington
May 12, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Joey Metropoulos' RBI bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth was the game-winner Sunday and the No. 20 USC Trojans defeated the Washington Huskies, 8-6, in Pac-10 Conference action at Dedeaux Field. After taking two of three games this weekend, the Trojans remain in first place in the Pac-10, two games ahead of Washington and Stanford.
USC improves to 30-19 overall and 13-5 in Pac-10 play while Washington falls to 25-22-1 overall and 11-7 in conference play.
Cory Campos (4-1) received the win for the Trojans after throwing four innings in relief, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Huskies scored first off Trojan starter Brett Bannister. Tyler Davidson, who hit three home runs in yesterday's game, hit a double to right center, his only hit on a 1-for-5 day. Center fielder Jay Garthwaite hit a bloop single to center, scoring Davidson.
The Trojans answered in the bottom of the first. With runners at first and third, senior first baseman Bill Peavey singled to right field, scoring center fielder Brian Barre and advancing catcher Alberto Concepcion to third. Metropoulos hit a run-scoring ground ball to short, plating Concepcion for a 2-1 USC lead.
Washington tied the game in the second on Michael Done's eighth home run of the season with a solo shot to right field, but the Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Barre hit an RBI single to right before shortstop Michael Moon hit a two-run single to center. USC added a run in the third to take a 6-2 lead.
The Huskies did not go away quietly, scoring twice in the sixth and eighth innings. The rally in the eighth came with two outs for the Huskies. Done hit a line shot to USC second baseman Anthony Lunetta, who had enough time to double up John Otness at first for the inning-ending double play, but Lunetta overthrew Peavey. Otness advanced to third on the errant throw by Lunetta.
With new life, Bryan Johnson doubled to left center followed by Tila Reynolds, who scored Johnson with a single to center.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Trojans loaded the bases after Concepcion and Peavey both walked. Metropoulos hit a fly ball to left that bounced in front of left fielder Mike Wagner's glove. Senior Michael Morales followed with a sacrifice fly to left to complete the scoring for the Trojans.
Campos struck out catcher Aaron Hathaway in the ninth, got Davidson to ground out to short and struck out Garthwaite looking to end the game.
The Trojans will host Cal State Fullerton in a non-conference game on Wednesday (May 15) at 6 p.m. before traveling to Arizona State next weekend for a Pac-10 series, beginning on Friday (May 17) at 7 p.m. The USC-Arizona State series will continue on Saturday (May 18) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (May 19) at 1 p.m. All four games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
Washington 110-002-020 - 6-11-2USC 231-000-02x - 8-10-2
WP - Campos (4-1) LP - Fenton (2-3)Clay Johnson, Dowling (2), Fenton (7), Carter (8), Shepple (8) and Hathaway.Bannister, Campos (6) and Concepcion.T - 3:11 ATT - 483
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