Spradlin Continues Hot Streak As No. 25/22 USC Gets 8-2 Win Against UC Santa Barbara
April 19, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Junior Jack Spradlin (Bonita/Eastlake HS/Southwestern College) earned his fourth victory in his last six starts Tuesday as the No. 25/22 USC Trojans defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 8-2, at Dedeaux Field.
Sophomore Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) threw two innings in relief to earn his eighth save of the season.
Spradlin (4-1) is 4-0 in his last six starts for USC (23-10) with a 1.47 ERA, allowing just seven earned runs in 43 innings pitched with 32 hits, seven walks and 34 strikeouts.
The Trojans have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 11.
Catcher Jeff Clement clubbed his ninth home run of the season with a two-run homer in the fifth. Clement is now tied for fourth with current Houston Astro third baseman Morgan Ensberg with 40 career home runs on USC's all-time list and needs three more to tie Eric Munson for third.
RBIs from Darin Vieira (single), Hector Estrella (sacrifice fly) and Roberto Lopez (groundout) gave USC a 3-0 lead in the first. Matt Kalafatis used a safety squeeze in the fifth to put UC Santa Barbara (19-19) on the scoreboard with one run.
The Gauchos scored another run in the sixth, down 5-2 with runners at first and second. Reliever Zack Kalter allowed a single to pinch hitter Matt Aidem and during the play, the runners did not advance as Aidem was caught in a rundown off first base for the second out. Kalter struck out Bill Rowe looking to end the inning.
Baron Frost went 3-for-4 for the Trojans, the first time he has had three or more hits in a game this season.
USC travels to No. 2 Cal State Fullerton tomorrow for the resumption of the Feb. 20 halted game, which finds the Trojans leading, 7-2, in the top of the eighth. Following the completion of the game, both teams will make up the Feb. 19 rained out game. The Trojans then travel to California for a Pac-10 series this weekend. All five games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
UCSB 000-011-000---2-8-1USC 030-020-03x---8-9-0
WP-Spradlin (4-1) LP-Fraser (3-4) S-Koss (8)T: 2:47 ATT: 311Records: USC (23-10), UCSB (19-19)
Fraser, Martin (5), Segal (6), Schoneberger (8), Tracy (8) and Kalafatis.Spradlin, Kalter (6), Koss (8) and Clement.