USC Salvages Series With 11-8 Win Against No. 1 Stanford
March 7, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Junior Cole Ganser (Lomita/Narbonne HS/El Camino College) stopped a potential bases-loaded rally in the sixth Sunday as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, 11-8, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. Jeff Clement and Daniel Perales had three hits each for the Trojans, which snapped a nine-game losing streak at home against Stanford.
With an 8-6 lead in the top of the sixth, Ganser (1-0) got first baseman John Mayberry, Jr., and left fielder Danny Putnam to pop up to end the threat.
USC improves to 5-9 on the season while Stanford falls to 15-3.
Michael Friedman earned his first collegiate save for the Trojans. Stanford starter Blake Holler (2-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Mayberry, Jr., led off the second for Stanford with a double to left, advanced to third on an infield single by right fielder Brian Hall and scored on an RBI single to left by second baseman Chris Minaker.
The Trojans responded with five runs in their half of the second. Clement led off with a single, advancing to third on a double by shortstop Blake Sharpe and scoring on an RBI single by Perales. Holler walked right fielder Billy Hart to load the bases and with an 0-2 count on Jon Brewster, USC head coach Mike Gillespie called for a triple steal as Perales slid under the tag for a 2-1 lead. Brewster walked to load the bases again, followed by third baseman Michael Moon's two-run double down the left field line. Moon's double bounced off Putnam, allowing Brewster to score the fifth run of the inning.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie's two-run homer to right center in the third cut the lead to 5-3. It was Lowrie's fourth of the season. The Cardinal added another run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Donny Lucy to make it a 5-4 USC lead. USC came back with two more runs on a two-run single by Hart to right for a 7-4 lead after three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Trojans made it 2-for-2 when Baron Frost stole home off reliever Mark Jecmen.
The Trojans will take the week off before starting an eight-game road trip. USC will start with a weekend series at Mississippi State on Friday (March 12) before traveling to Tulane for two midweek games and concluding with a weekend series at South Alabama. All eight games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with USC baseball sports information director Jason Pommier calling the action.
STAN 013-002-002 - 8-15-2USC 052-010-12x - 11-13-0
WP - Ganser (1-0) LP - Holler (2-1) S - Friedman (1)Holler, Jecmen (3), Ehrlich (6), Dyer (7), Quick (8) and Lucy.Rummonds, Miller (4), Buxbaum (6), Ganser (6), Friedman (9) and Clement.T - 3:27 ATT - 1,075
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