USC Opens Pac-10 Series With 11-1 Win Over UCLA
April 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Shortstop Blake Sharpe hit a key bases-loaded double in the second while Darin Vieira had a career-high three RBI Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 11-1, at Dedeaux Field. Sharpe went 2-for-5 with three RBI while Vieira went 2-for-3 in the opening game of the Pac-10 Conference series.
USC improves to 19-9 on the season and 4-3 in Pac-10 play while UCLA drops to 7-19 overall and 0-4 in conference. The Trojans have now won 10 of their last 13 games.
For the third straight start, USC pitcher Jack Spradlin had a strong effort. Spradlin (3-1) went eight innings for the Trojans, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Brian Schroeder fell to 0-3 on the season for the Bruins after allowing four runs on five hits in five innings of work.
In the Trojans' first, the inning ended on a 4-6-3 double play when Cyle Hankerd was called out at second for a pop-up slide. USC head coach Mike Gillespie then requested that the game be played under protest.
Baron Frost and Hector Estrella led off the bottom of the second with back-to-back walks before freshman first baseman Matt Cusick delivered an RBI single up the middle for the first run. Vieira hit a bunt single to third to load the bases before Sharpe's double for a 4-0 USC lead.
UCLA started its half of the sixth when Josh Roenicke reached safely on a throwing error by Sharpe and advanced to third on the play, but Spradlin retired the next three batters in a row to strand the runner.
Vieira hit his first career home run off Daniel Miltenberger in the sixth with a two-run shot to right. UCLA's Brett McMillan hit his fifth of the season with a solo shot to right in the seventh. The Trojans broke the game open with five runs in the eighth.
Trojan All-America candidate Jeff Clement extended his hitting streak to 13 games after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth, his seventh of the season and 38th in his career. He now needs two home runs to tie Morgan Ensberg for fourth on USC's all-time list.
The series continues tomorrow with a 2 p.m. start and conclude at 1 p.m. on Sunday (April 10). Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com. Tomorrow's game will be televised live on FSN West.
Note: USC has changed its starting rotation this weekend as Ian Kennedy will now pitch tomorrow against UCLA's Hector Ambriz.
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WP-Spradlin (3-1) LP-Schroeder (0-3)T: 3:11 ATT: 976Records: USC (19-9, 4-3), UCLA (7-19, 0-4)
Schroeder, Miltenberger (6), Brophy (6), Reid (8) and Denove.Spradlin, Friedman (9) and Clement.