No. 19/20 USC Wins In 'Grand' Fashion With 2-1 Victory Over Portland
March 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore left-hander Anthony Vasquez (San Antonio, Texas/Texas A&M) allowed only one run in seven innings Tuesday as the No. 19/20 USC Trojans celebrated the 1,000th game played at Dedeaux Field with a 2-1 nonconference victory against the Portland Pilots.
Vasquez recorded his third straight quality start for the Trojans (16-9), who have won nine of their last 12 games.
Senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) registered his 11th save of the season and 31st of his career with a perfect ninth inning. On the season, Koss is 1-1 with a 0.66 ERA (13 2/3 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, .220 opponents' batting average).
David Gruener (0-1) went the distance for Portland (9-7) and gave up only two runs on five hits in eight innings for the Pilots.
All three runs came in the first inning. Danny Meier walked in the top of the first and scored on Chase Powell's RBI double to center. Vasquez then struck out Rocky Gale looking to end the threat. Trojan center fielder Nick Buss walked and tied the game after freshman shortstop Grant Green tripled to center. Green then scored the eventual game-winner on junior Matt Cusick's ground ball to second.
Right fielder Spencer Pabst went 2-for-2 for the Trojans, drawing a walk and recording a stolen base.
USC has the weekend off before resuming the regular season next Tuesday (March 20) with a home game at 6 p.m. against Pepperdine before the start of the Pac-10 Conference season with a home series against Arizona State (March 23-25).
Note: USC held a moment of silence before Tuesday's game in honor of Helen Dedeaux, who passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 92. Helen was the wife of the late USC head baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, who won 11 national championships at Troy, as the couple was married for 66 years. Dedeaux earned her master's degree in fine arts at USC and served for many groups at USC as well as several local charities. Helen was well-known by Trojan players as being the 'team mom' during Rod Dedeaux's 45-year tenure at USC.
A service will be held for Helen Dedeaux next Tuesday (March 20) at 10 a.m. at the Incarnation Catholic Church in Glendale.
UP 100-000-000---1-5-1USC 200-000-00x---2-5-1
WP - Vasquez (2-4) LP - Gruener (0-1) S - Koss (11)T - 1:58 ATT - 165Records: Portland (9-7), USC (16-9)
Gruener and Gale.Vasquez, Couture (8), Koss (9) and Stock.
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