Bannister Shuts Down Bruins In 7-4 Win

April 12, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Junior right-hander Brian Bannister did not allow a run in the first seven innings Saturday and the USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 7-4, in Pac-10 Conference action at Dedeaux Field. With the win, the Trojans recorded their first series win since a sweep at home against South Alabama (Feb. 14-16).

Bannister allowed three runs in the eighth inning after the Trojans built a 7-0 lead. He retired the side three times.

USC improves to 17-17 overall and 4-4 in Pac-10 play while UCLA falls to 17-21 overall and 3-5 in conference.

Anthony Lunetta and Travis McAndrews went 3-for-4 for the Trojans as the team used a 13-hit attack to hand UCLA starter Wes Whisler (4-4) the loss. Whisler went five innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits.

Jon Brewster led off the bottom of the first with a single to left and scored on an RBI double down the left field line by Lunetta. The Trojans scored a run in each of the first five innings with the big inning coming in the fourth with three runs. With runners at first and second, the Trojans got back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by Brewster, Lunetta and Jeff Clement.

Clement went 2-for-4 to increase his season-long hitting streak to 12 games (.420, 21-for-50). He is 4-for-9 this weekend with UCLA employing a 'Barry Bonds'-like defensive shift for him.

The series will conclude tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker play-by-play, on usctrojans.com.

UCLA    000-000-031 - 4-8-0USC     111-310-00x - 7-13-0

WP - Brian Bannister (4-3) LP - Whisler (4-4)Whisler, Beck (6) and Denove, Abney (8).Brian Bannister, Butler (8) and Bonovich.T - 2:51 ATT - 952

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