No. 3 Arizona State Edges USC, 7-5, To Win Pac-10 Series
March 30, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Ryan Schroyer stopped a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season Sunday and the No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the host USC Trojans, 7-5, in Pac-10 Conference action at Dedeaux Field. With the win, the Sun Devils won a series at Dedeaux Field for the first time since 1993.
Arizona State improved to 34-6 overall, 3-3 in Pac-10 play while USC falls to 14-16 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
The tightly-contested contest was scoreless through the first four innings. Travis Buck put the Sun Devils on the scoreboard with an RBI single to left in the fifth, scoring second baseman Steve Garrabrants. Buck went 3-for-4 on the afternoon and finished 8-for-11 on the weekend.
USC freshman catcher Jeff Clement tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth, but ASU responded in the sixth with back-to-back solo home runs by Jeff Larish and Mike Guerrero.
Anthony Lunetta tied the game in the seventh with his fifth home run of the season with a solo shot to left.
Arizona State pushed two runs across in the eighth. With runners at first and third, USC's Bret Butler (0-3) was called for a balk, plating Andre Ethier. Bryce Kartler scored on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia for the second run.
In the bottom of the eighth, pinch hitter Matt Bonovich hit a solo home run to right to cut the deficit to 5-4. After Spencer Gordon singled, he was replaced by pinch runner Dale Legaspi. With two outs, Lunetta doubled off the wall in left field, but thanks to a strong throw by Pedroia, Legaspi was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Ethier and Garrabrants added two more runs for the Sun Devils. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Trojans manufactured a run and loaded the bases. With the tying run at second, Schroyer got pinch hitter Darin Vieira to line out to first to end the game.
Lunetta went 3-for-4 for the Trojans to push his hitting streak to nine games. He is batting .528 (19-for-36), going 8-for-12 this weekend. He has hit safely in 17 of the last 18 games.
The Trojans return to action on Tuesday (April 1) for a non-conference game against UC Riverside at 5 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker play-by-play, on usctrojans.com.
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