Washington State Wins Wild 13-12 Pac-10 Series Opener
May 16, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A seven-run fourth inning, all with two outs, proved to be the difference as the Washington State Cougars defeated the USC Trojans, 13-12, in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. The Cougars scored 12 of their 13 runs with two outs.
Jay Miller went 4-for-6 with two RBI while Jeremy Farrar went 3-for-6 for the Cougars as No. 2 to 7 in the WSU batting order had two or more RBI on the evening. Washington State improved to 18-33 on the season and 6-13 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 26-24 overall and 9-10 in conference.
Washington State snapped a 10-game losing streak to USC as the Cougars also won for the first time at USC in 34 years since a 3-1 win on April 19, 1969.
The loss spoiled a remarkable evening for USC freshman catcher Jeff Clement, who hit three home runs and had a season-high seven RBI. He became the first Trojan to hit three home runs in a game since Morgan Ensberg (4/28/98 vs. San Diego State). It was the fifth time this season that Clement has had two or more homers in a game. Clement hit a solo shot in the first, a grand slam (his first as a Trojan) in the fourth and a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Clement now has 21 home runs on the season and is tied for fourth on USC's all-time single-season list with Ensberg (1998). He needs only two home runs to tie Jim Campanis (1988) and Geoff Jenkins (1995) for second place, behind Mark McGwire (32 home runs in 1984).
The Cougars scored their seven runs in the fourth after being down 3-2. Clement's grand slam cut the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the fourth, but a sacrifice fly by Grant Richardson in the fifth and Farrar's two-run single and Miller's RBI single in the sixth kept the Cougars ahead for good.
The series will continue Saturday at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday (May 18) at noon. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
WSU 101-713-000 - 13-17-1USC 300-403-002 - 12-18-1
WP - Alwert (3-5) LP - Paschal (3-6) S - Beetham (2)Chamberlin, Alwert (4), Beetham (8) and Baeder.Paschal, Olson (4), Quinonez (4), Rummonds (5) and Clement.T - 3:32 ATT - 248
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