No. 24/21 USC Bunts Way To 4-2 Win Against No. 25 Stanford
May 29, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Senior Dale Legaspi (Burbank/Crespi HS) delivered a bases-loaded, go-ahead RBI bunt single in the bottom of the eighth Sunday as the No. 24/21 USC Trojans defeated the No. 25 Stanford Cardinal, 4-2, in Pac-10 action. In the 2005 regular season finale for both teams, USC earned the series win against Stanford and finishes in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State.
USC (37-19, 15-9) will await its postseason fate when the 2005 NCAA Tournament bracket is announced tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Pacific live on ESPN.
Stanford (32-23, 12-12) scored first in the second on an RBI single by center fielder Jim Rapoport, but the Trojans took the lead in the third. Junior All-America catcher Jeff Clement hit his 13th home run of the season with a two-run blast to right off starter Blake Holler for a 2-1 USC lead. Clement's homer was the 44th of his career, moving him into third place on USC's all-time list ahead of Eric Munson. He is now one behind Geoff Jenkins for second place.
Trojan starter Jack Spradlin held the Cardinal scoreless until the seventh when he gave up a solo home run to designated hitter Ryan Seawell, his second of the year. With runners at the corners and two outs, Spradlin got All-America second baseman Jed Lowrie to fly out to center to end the inning.
On the afternoon, Spradlin went seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Cyle Hankerd, who was 3-for-4 on the afternoon, led off the Trojans' eighth with a single to right. Spencer Pabst pinch-ran for Hankerd, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Baron Frost and then moved to third on a single by Matt Cusick. Hector Estrella attempted a bunt on Stanford's Nolan Gallagher (1-5), but was hit by the pitch to load the bases.
Reliever Matt Manship pitched to Legaspi, who fouled off a bunt attempt on a 2-1 pitch. On the 2-2 count, Legaspi bunted it down the first base side and no play was made by Manship as the go-ahead run. Darin Vieira then hit a ground ball to Stanford third baseman Adam Sorgi, who threw to home and pulled catcher John Hester off the plate for the Trojans' fourth run.
Paul Koss (3-1) walked John Mayberry, Jr., in the top of the ninth to put runners at first and second with two outs. Senior Michael Friedman entered the game and retired Lowrie on a pop-up to earn his first save of the season.
The Trojans finished the regular season with a 20-5 record at Dedeaux Field.
STAN 010-000-100---2-9-1USC 002-000-02x---4-10-1
WP-Koss (3-1) LP-Gallagher (1-5) S-Friedman (1)T: 3:02 ATT: 745Records: USC (37-19, 15-9); STAN (32-23, 12-12)
Holler, Gallagher (3), Manship (8) and Hester.Spradlin, Koss (8), Friedman (9) and Clement.