UW Can't Overcome Early Deficit In 15-8 Loss At USC

April 22, 2006

LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team fell behind early and couldn't comeback despite home runs from Zach Clem, Matt Stevens and Brett Kaluza in a 15-8 loss toNo. 22 USC Saturday at Dedeaux Field.

USC (23-17 overall, 9-5 in the Pac-10) evened the series at one win apiece with thevictory. Washington fell to 26-15 and 5-6. Before the game, USC hosted a memorialsalute to legendary head coach Rod Dedeaux, who passed away in January.

After the Trojans scored a run in the first, the Huskies drew even on a home run fromKaluza, the freshman center fielder's first as a Husky.

However, in the second, the Trojans scored eight runs on five hits, one error, a hit batterand two walks. Matt Cusick's two-run single got the rally started and put USC in frontfor good.

After a three-run third inning, the Trojans led 12-1. Washington got one back in the topof the fourth on Stevens' 11th home run of the season, a solo shot to right field.

In the seventh, the Huskies added four more, two on a two-run single from Matt Hagueand two more on a homer from Clem, his Pac-10-leading 16th of the season.

Starter Kyle Parker (3-1) suffed the loss. In an inning-plus, he gave up six runs (fiveearned) on four hits and two walks. Reliever Tyler Cheney, who came on in relief in thethird inning, went the rest of the way, allowing three runs over five and two-thirds.

Trojan freshman starter Tommy Milone (7-0) kept his perfect won-lost record in tact. Hethrew seven innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits.

Husky first baseman Curt Rindal finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs batted in . Hagueand Ryan Anderson also each had three hits for Washington.

USC second baseman Blake Sharpe went 4-for-4 while Cusick, Cyle Hankerd and HectorEstrella each added two hits.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the series Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m.The game will air live in the Seattle area at KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Game#22 USC 15, Washington 8Washington     010 100 402 --  8 15 1USC            183 000 21x -- 15 14 1Kyle Parker, Matt Kasser (2), Brandon McKerney (2),Tyler Cheney (3) and Matt Lane. Tommy Milone, John Dunn(8), Steve Martlaro (9) and Johnny Bowden. W - Milone (7-0). L - Parker (3-1). 2B - UW, Kyle Conley, Ryan Anderson,Matt Hague 2, Curt Rindal; USC, Blake Sharpe. HR - UW,Brett Kaluza (1), Matt Stevens (11), Zach Clem (16); USC,Bowden (1). T - 3:04. A - 1,355.
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