Baseball Drops 17-8 Decision At Arizona State

May 19, 2002

MESA, Ariz. - Arizona State's first eight batters reached base safely as part of an eight-run inning Sunday and the Sun Devils registered a 17-8 victory over the No. 19 USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference action at HoHoKam Stadium. ASU knocked out USC starter Brett Bannister from the game, allowing six runs without recording an out.

Shortstop Sergio Garcia went 5-for-5 for the Sun Devils with three RBI while Nick Cadena hit two home runs on a 3-for-5 day with five RBI. USC shortstop Michael Moon went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and five RBI.

Arizona State improved to 32-19 overall and 12-9 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 31-22 overall and 14-7 in conference. The Trojans remain in first place in the Pac-10 after Washington lost on Sunday at Oregon State. USC is one game ahead of Washington and Stanford and two games ahead of Arizona State.

The Trojans scored a run in the first and had the bases loaded after a walk to second baseman Anthony Lunetta, but ASU starter Mike Esposito struck out right fielder Travis McAndrews looking to end the threat. The Sun Devils responded with their eight-run outburst, including a bases-loaded walk to Rod Allen and two-run double to right by catcher Cesar Castillo.

Moon hit his second home run in as many days with a solo shot in the third, his fifth of the season. In the Trojans' fourth, Moon hit a three-run double and scored on a wild pitch by Esposito, cutting the Sun Devils lead to 8-6.

Steve Garrabrants and Garcia led off the fifth with back-to-back and Dustin Pedroia walked to load the bases for Jeff Larish, who hit a two-run single. ASU put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning, taking a 13-6 lead.

The Trojans will finish the 2002 regular season next weekend at UCLA, beginning on Friday (May 24) at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Games on Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26) start at 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com. USC needs to win two of three games to clinch a share of the Pac-10 Conference title and would win it outright with a series sweep, regardless of the games with Arizona at Washington and Washington State at Stanford.

USC         101-400-020 --- 8-9-0ASU         800-230-04x --- 17-19-1

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