Arizona Evens Pac-10 Series With 6-5 Win In Bottom Of The Ninth

March 22, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Third baseman Brad Boyer singled to right in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to give the Arizona Wildcats the 6-5 victory against the USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference action at Frank Sancet Field. The Wildcats held off a furious rally by the Trojans, who tied the game at 5-5 with four runs in the seventh.

Boyer's single scored designated hitter Richard Mercado, who led off the inning with an infield single to first base.

Arizona improved to 20-8 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 13-12 on the season and 1-1 in conference.

Brian Pemble (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning while USC's Bret Butler (0-2) took the loss. Brian Bannister went eight innings for the Trojans in a no-decision. He was roughed up for five runs early on, but retired 13 straight batters in the later innings.

USC took the lead in the first when Jeff Clement hit his 14th home run of the season with a solo shot to right center. It was Clement's third home run of the series as he needs one more to break into USC's all-time top 20 single season list for home runs.

Boyer led off the bottom half of the first for Arizona with a bunt single. Back-to-back passed balls charged to Trojan catcher Matt Bonovich moved Boyer to third. Second baseman Moises Duran hit an RBI groundout, plating Boyer.

Mercado led off the fourth with a single up the middle. Mercado advanced to third on a single by right fielder Jeff Van Houten and scored when USC center fielder Travis McAndrews threw the ball into the Trojans' dugout. With Van Houten at third, Hundley singled to right. Duran's RBI double gave the Wildcats at 5-1 lead.

The Trojans scored four runs in the seventh after Matt Bonovich led off with a single, followed by a walk to McAndrews. Shortstop Anthony Lunetta fouled off an 0-1 pitch, but catcher Nick Hundley was called for catcher's interference, loading the bases for Clement. Clement hit an RBI fielder's choice to start the four-run inning. USC stranded 10 runners on the afternoon, including the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Arizona's Brian Anderson went 0-for-3, snapping his school-record hitting streak for the season at 26 games.

The series will conclude tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

USC      100-000-400 --- 5-6-2Ariz     110-300-001 --- 6-12-2

1 out, 2 runners on when game ended

WP - Pemble (1-0) LP - Butler (0-2)Brian Bannister, Butler (9), Olson (9) and Bonovich, Frost (8).Little, Guyette (6), Pemble (9) and Hundley.T - 3:11 ATT - 683

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