No. 24 USC Halts Three-Game Skid With 4-3 Win At Hawai'i
Feb. 26, 2006
HONOLULU --- Freshman Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) improved to 4-0 on the season while Paul Koss registered his first save of the season with 2 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday as the No. 24 USC Trojans ended a three-game skid with the 4-3 victory over the Hawai'i Rainbows. Koss allowed just one hit and got Jorge Franco to fly out with the tying run at second, giving the Trojans the victory.
USC is now 8-7 on the season while Hawai'i had its seven-game winning streak snapped and is now 11-3 overall.
Milone allowed three runs (two earned) off five hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Trojans. He walked two and struck out four. On the season, Milone is sporting a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings.
Luis Avila touched up Milone with a solo home run to right center in the second. USC answered in the third after Cyle Hankerd led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground ball by catcher Baron Frost and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Josh Fogel. Hankerd, who was 0-for-10 in the first two games of the series, finished the day with a 3-for-3 performance.
In the Trojan fifth, Matt Cusick was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blake Sharpe then hit a two-run double down the left field line, followed by Hankerd's RBI sacrifice fly to make it a 4-1 lead. The Rainbows scored twice in the fifth to complete the scoring.
Koss entered in the seventh, striking out Landon Hernandez and retiring Joe Spiers on a groundout with a runner at first to end the threat. USC also received three tremendous fielding plays by shortstop Hector Estrella, robbing the Rainbows of possible base hits.
USC travels to San Diego State on Tuesday (Feb. 28) for a 6 p.m. game before hosting Georgia at Dedeaux Field for a three-game series, Thursday through Saturday. All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with all three Georgia games available on video webcasting as well.
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WP - Milone (4-0) LP - Rodrigues (1-1) S - Koss (1)T - 2:46 ATT - 2,626Records: USC (8-7), Hawai'i (11-3)
Milone, Koss (7) and Frost, Bowden (7).Rodrigues, Daly (6) and Hernandez.