USC Takes Rubber Game Over Stanford, 6-1
April 2, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - USC (17-13, 4-2 Pac-10) earned its first series victory at Sunken Diamond since 1999 and wrapped up its first season series triumph against Stanford (13-11, 2-4 Pac-10) since 1996 with a 6-1 win over the Cardinal in the rubber game of a three-game Pac-10 set on a damp and dark Sunday. Ryan Cook (3-3) notched the victory by holding the Cardinal to just one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five over 8.1 innings in the longest start of his career.
Matt Cusick (3-4, 2 RBI), Hector Estrella (2-2, 2 2B, RBI) and Blake Sharpe (2-4, RBI) had multiple-hit games for a Trojan offense that outhit Stanford, 11-4.
Stanford starter Matt Manship (1-3) took the loss despite keeping the Cardinal close by allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three over the first 6.0 innings.
Jason Castro doubled for the only Stanford extra-base knock, while the club did not have a player with more than one hit in the contest.
Stanford will play four non-conference games beginning with a home contest versus Sacramento State this Tuesday, April 4 (6 pm, PT), before returning to Pac-10 action at defending conference champ and 2005 College World Series participant Oregon State (Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15, 5 pm, 5 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.