Arizona Completes Sweep With 17-14 Win Against USC
May 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Bill Rhinehart's grand slam in the seventh capped an eight-run inning as the Arizona Wildcats completed a Pac-10 series sweep with a 17-14 come-from-behind win over the USC Trojans. The Wildcats scored all eight runs with two outs in the inning as every Arizona player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit.
Arizona finishes the 2006 season with a 27-28 overall record and a 12-12 Pac-10 record while USC registers a 25-33 overall mark and 11-13 conference record.
Rhinehart finished the day with a 4-for-6 afternoon and four RBI while David Plante hit two home runs for the Wildcats with four RBI. T.J. Steele also had a big day with a 4-for-5 day as the Wildcats pounded out 23 hits.
Ryan Perry was credited with the win for Arizona by throwing three innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits. Daniel Schlereth picked up his seventh save, throwing a scoreless inning in the ninth for the Wildcats.
Senior Baron Frost (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) went out in style in his final game as a Trojan, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. It was his second multi-home run game of the season (Feb. 12 vs. Florida International) as he tied his personal best for RBI in a game.
Two other Trojan seniors finished their careers with good days at the plate: Darin Vieira (San Jose/Bellarmine Prep) went 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI and Blake Sharpe (Moorpark/L.A. Pierce College) went 3-for-5 with a triple and one RBI.
The Trojans jumped out to a 13-6 lead after six innings before Plante hit a three-run homer in the seventh to start the rally off Paul Koss (0-8). Koss entered the game and gave up back-to-back singles to Matt Denker and Brad Boyer before a walk to Colt Sedbrook to load the bases. Rhinehart then gave Arizona the lead with his sixth homer of the season to right.
UA 300-201-803---17-23-2USC 330-151-001---14-16-1
WP - Perry (3-1) LP - Koss (0-8) S - Schlereth (7)T - 3:59 ATT - 803Records: UA (27-28, 12-12), USC (25-33, 11-13)
Mills, Burns (2), Colla (2), Baugh (4), Perry (6), Schlereth (9) and Schmidt.Cook, Olsen (5), Koss (7), Parrow (9) and Salinas, Frost (9).