Washington State Wins Series With 6-3 Decision Over USC

April 30, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Relievers Jayson Miller and Travis Webb threw four scoreless innings as the Washington State Cougars defeated the USC Trojans, 6-3, in Pac-10 Conference action at Bailey-Brayton Field to win the series two games to one. The Cougars used a five-run third inning to take control of the game.

WSU goes to 29-16 on the season, 7-8 in Pac-10 play while USC falls to 24-22 overall and 10-8 in conference.

Jared Prince (6-1) got the win after allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Shawn Olsen (4-4) took the loss, giving up five runs (three unearned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Webb threw in the ninth to pick up his seventh save for the Cougars.

With two outs in the second, the Trojans got two runs on RBI singles from Hector Estrella and Matt Cusick for a 2-0 lead. WSU responded with five runs in the third after Olsen retired the first seven batters he faced. Five straight hits off Olsen made it a 3-2 Cougars lead after Jay Miller's RBI single to left. With the bases loaded, Prince hit a ground ball to first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda threw to home plate to record the second out, but USC catcher Johnny Bowden's throw to first for a possible double play sailed into right field and allowed two more runs to score.

Hankerd hit his 10th homer of the season with a solo shot to right in the fifth. In the series, Hankerd had a home run in all three games.

The Trojans had runners at first and second, but Jayson Miller retired pinch hitter Roberto Lopez and Estrella to end the inning. Prince led off the eighth with a solo home run to left, his fourth on the season.

USC will take next week off for finals and resume play on Wednesday (May 10) with a 6 p.m. game at Cal State Fullerton.

USC	 020-010-000---3-11-1WSU	 005-000-01x---6-8-1

WP - Prince (6-1) LP - Olsen (4-4) S - Webb (7)T - 2:27 ATT - 755Records: USC (24-22, 10-8), WSU (29-16, 7-8)

Olsen, Koss (6) and Bowden.Prince, Jayson Miller (6), Webb (9) and Lagreid, Gilbert (6).

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