Trojans Take Down Waves In Game Seven Regional Final, 5-2

June 6, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Jack Spradlin, Anthony Encinas and Paul Koss combined to limit Pepperdine to two runs as Southern California defeated the Waves 5-2 on Monday in the championship game of the Long Beach Regional.

The Trojans, ranked No. 18 in the nation, advance to play Oregon State in the Super Regional best-of-three series at Corvallis, Ore., starting Friday. Pepperdine finishes the season with a 41-23 record.

Spradlin, who defeated the Waves on Friday, went 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs. Anthony Encinas and Paul Koss held Pepperdine scoreless over the remainder of the game.

Encinas earned the win (7-4). Koss, who saved each of USC's wins in the tournament, earned his 14th save of the season.

Waves freshman starter Adam Olbrychowski (2-1) lasted only an inning and took the loss.

Hector Estrella's two-out, two-run triple gave the Trojans a pair of insurance runs and a 5-2 lead in the sixth.

Southern California scored twice in the first inning after Blake Sharpe and Matt Cusick got on base with walks.

USC increased its post-season record against Pepperdine to 10-4. The Trojans (40-20) defeated Pepperdine on Friday, Long Beach State on Saturday before losing to the Waves on Sunday.

Uribes and Chad Tracy had two hits for Pepperdine. Southern California's Matt Cusick was named the Most Outstanding player of the tournament.

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