Trojans Win Series With 4-2 Decision At Georgia
March 3, 2007
ATHENS, Georgia - J.J. Owen's two-run, two-out single in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as the USC Trojans defeated the host Georgia Bulldogs for the second day in a row with a 4-2 victory at Foley Field. USC (12-7) forged its third straight series victory (No. 17 San Diego and No. 21 Tulane) and rallied for the second straight game after Georgia (4-6) scored twice in the first inning.
Freshman right-hander Brad Boxberger (Tustin/Foothill HS) went six innings for the Trojans for his first collegiate win, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. He struck out the Georgia side in the fourth. For the season, Boxberger has made four of five starts on the road and possesses a 1.84 ERA in 29 1/3 innings with opponents hitting only .176 against him.
Freshman Hector Rabago (Riverside/Poly HS) threw two no-hit innings in relief. After hitting center fielder Jonathan Wyatt with an 0-2 pitch in the eighth, Rabago retired the side in order on three straight popups. For the second straight game, senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) earned the save. Koss allowed a one-out single to Travis Parrott, but got Mike Freeman to ground into the game-ending double play.
It was Koss' eighth save of the season and the 28th of his career. Rabago and Koss each have a 0.84 ERA on the season as the combined trio of Rabago, Koss and freshman Robert Stock has an ERA under a run (0.99 ERA in 27 1/3 innings, 17 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 22 SO).
Georgia's Ryan Peisel walked in the bottom of the first and scored when Wyatt hammered an RBI double to right center. Luke Stewart later singled on a full count pitch, giving the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead. USC would score a run in the third when Lucas Duda's RBI sacrifice fly to right scored Green.
Stock led off the Trojan fourth with a walk and tied the game at 2-2 when Nick Buss and Green hit back-to-back singles.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Buss was hit by a pitch and stole second. Green and pinch hitter Johnny Bowden both walked to load the bases for Owen. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Owen proceeded to foul off several McRee pitches before lining a two-run single into left as the Trojans took the 4-2 lead.
The series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. Eastern start and will be broadcast live on georgiadogs.com. USC returns home for a game against UC Riverside on Tuesday (March 6), starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live via video webcast on usctrojans.com.
USC 001-102-000---4-10-1UGA 200-000-000---2-5-1
WP - Boxberger (1-1) LP - McRee (0-1) S - Koss (8)T - 2:38 ATT - 2,846Records: USC (12-7), Georgia (4-6)
Boxberger, Rabago (7) and Stock.Holder, McRee (5), Montgomery (8) and Lewis.