USC Completes Pac-10 Series Sweep With 6-0 Shutout Over UCLA
April 10, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Freshman right-hander Anthony Encinas threw four scoreless innings while Blake Sharpe went 4-for-4 with a home run Sunday as the USC Trojans completed a Pac-10 Conference series sweep in a 6-0 shutout over the UCLA Bruins.
The Trojan pitching staff allowed only one run in the series (a solo home run on Friday by UCLA's Brett McMillan) and scattered seven hits in today's victory in front of a season-high 1,276 fans at Dedeaux Field. Encinas (2-1) earned his second straight victory in as many appearances by allowing just two hits.
For the second time this season, USC has registered back-to-back shutouts. It is the first time that feat has happened since 1971.
USC (21-9, 6-3) has now won 12 of its last 15 games and earns five points towards the Lexus Gauntlet standings in the year-long competition with UCLA. The Bruins are now 7-21 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
Sharpe led off the Trojans' first with a leadoff home run against Bryan Beck (0-6) on the first pitch to right. He added three singles later in the game for his perfect afternoon.
Encinas replaced starter Zack Kalter, who went 3 1/3 innings and allowed five hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The score remained 1-0 until the Trojans' sixth when USC scored three runs, beginning with a squeeze bunt by Billy Hart with a runner at third. Beck tried to retire Sharpe at the plate, but he was able to beat the throw to give the Trojans their second run. Baron Frost added a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage. Freshman Matt Cusick hit his third homer of the season with a two-run shot in the eighth.
USC will host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday (April 12) at 7 p.m. in a makeup of the rained out Feb. 18 before another makeup on Wednesday (April 13) at UC Santa Barbara in a 2 p.m. contest. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
UCLA 000-000-000---0-7-0USC 100-003-02x---6-10-0
WP-Encinas (2-1) LP-Beck (0-6)T: 2:42 ATT: 1,276Records: USC (21-9, 6-3), UCLA (7-21, 0-6)
Beck, White (7), Rustich (7) and Sharp.Kalter, Encinas (4), Friedman (8) and Clement.
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