USC Defeats UC Santa Barbara, 7-5

May 16, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Freshman catcher Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Wednesday as the USC Trojans beat the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 7-5, in a nonconference game at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans (26-23), who possess the toughest schedule in the nation according to Boyd's World, have now won five of their last six games.

Senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) notched his nation-leading 16th save of the season for USC while starter Anthony Vasquez (3-6) threw six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Matt Cusick and J.J. Owen had two RBI each for the Trojans. Chris Fox led the Gauchos (21-26) with a 4-for-5 night while Patrick Rose went 3-for-5.

Freshman All-America candidate Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) went 2-for-4, including his 10th triple of the season. He is now tied with Utah's Corey Shimada for most triples in the nation.

Stock put the Trojans ahead in the second on a two-run double down the first base line and later scored from third on Cusick's sacrifice fly for a 3-0 Trojans' lead. The Gauchos got two runs back in the third with two outs. Fox, Rose and Robbie Blauer used consecutive singles to produce the first run and Steve Domecus was later hit with a 1-2 pitch by Vasquez with the bases loaded.

Owen hit a two-run double in the third for a 5-2 lead before both teams traded a run in the fourth inning. USC led 7-4 in the ninth before UCSB scored a run on Blauer's sacrifice fly. Mike Zuanich hit a ground ball back to the mound, but Koss' throw to second was wide of the bag as the Gauchos were able to put runners at the corners with one out. Koss responded by striking out pinch hitter Cody Dee and Chris McMurray to earn the save.

USC travels to California for a key Pac-10 Conference series, Saturday through Monday (May 19-21). Both teams are tied for fifth place, along with Oregon State, with an 8-10 record. All three games begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on

UCSB	 002-100-101---5-12-0USC	 032-100-01x---7-10-2

WP - Vasquez (3-6) LP - Fleming (1-3) S - Koss (16)T - 3:02 ATT - 256Records: UCSB (21-26), USC (26-23)

Fleming, Brown (4), Aspegren (7), Wade (8) and McMurray.Vasquez, Rabago (7), Koss (9) and Stock.

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