Washington Ends Trojans' Season With Series Sweep
May 25, 2003
SEATTLE - Aaron Hathaway's RBI double and Kyle Larsen's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth provided the go-ahead runs Sunday as the Washington Huskies completed the Pac-10 Conference series sweep against the USC Trojans at Husky Ballpark. The Huskies rallied from a six-run deficit to record their first-ever series sweep against the Trojans.
Hathaway finished the game by going 3-for-4 with four RBI on the afternoon. Washington improved to 40-16 overall and 15-9 in the Pac-10, good for a third-place finish. It was only the fourth time in school history that Washington has registered 40 wins in a season.
The loss ended USC's streak of 10 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament as the Trojans finish the season with a 28-28 overall record. USC finishes in a tie for fifth place with UCLA in the Pac-10 Conference with an 11-13 mark.
The Trojans batted .281 and hit below .300 for the first time since 1992, the last time USC did not reach the post-season. The 1992 season was also the last time that USC did not finish at least in fourth place or higher in the conference.
USC took a 6-0 lead in the first after freshman Ryan Broderick capped the inning with a two-run home run to right with his third of the season, knocking out Washington starter Clay Johnson. Johnson had loaded the bases to start the game with Joey Metropoulos starting the scoring with a bases-loaded walk. Travis McAndrews hit a two-run single to right, followed by Jon Brewster's sacrifice fly.
After USC held a 7-2 lead in the fourth, Washington made its big move with a four-run rally after taking advantage of a key error by Trojan shortstop Anthony Lunetta. In the Washington sixth, Hathaway and Mike Wagner hit RBI singles to put the Huskies ahead, 8-7.
The Trojans tied the game in the seventh when Metropoulos hit his 11th homer of the season with a solo shot to left before the Huskies scored in the eighth.
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