Trojans Fall To Fresno State, 11-9

March 26, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Ryan Haag's RBI single in the top of the eighth provided the go-ahead run Tuesday and the Fresno State Bulldogs defeated the host USC Trojans, 11-9, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. The Bulldogs rallied from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the fifth inning.

Sophomore first baseman Joey Metropoulos went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI in a losing cause for the Trojans.

Fresno State improved to 15-13 overall while USC fell to 13-14 on the season.

Chad Edwards (1-0) earned his first win of the season with 1 1/3 innings while Bryan Wolfenbarger earned his fifth save of the season for the Bulldogs. Josh Rummonds (2-2) took the loss.

USC took a 5-1 lead in the third when Metropoulos hit a three-run homer to right center, his sixth of the season. He added a solo home run in the ninth inning.

In the top of the fifth, Fresno State roughed up USC's Fraser Dizard, who allowed four runs without recording an out. The first five Bulldog batters reached base safely as the rally was capped by a two-run single by Kent Sakamoto and RBI double by center fielder Scott Beshears. The Trojans retook the lead with three runs in the sixth, but the Bulldogs came back when Casey McGehee hit his second homer of the season with a two-run shot to left.

The Trojans host No. 3 Arizona State this weekend in a Pac-10 Conference series, beginning on Friday (March 28) at 6 p.m. with 1 p.m. starts for Saturday (March 29) and Sunday (March 30). All three games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker play-by-play, on usctrojans.com.

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