USC Uses 16 Hits In 8-1 Win At UC Santa Barbara

May 23, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Darren Gemoll went 2-for-4 with three RBI while Matt Cusick had a 3-for-4 and two RBI performance Wednesday as the USC Trojans kept their postseason hopes alive with an 8-1 nonconference win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.

USC, which possesses one of the toughest schedules in the nation, is now 27-26 overall. Sophomore Anthony Vasquez (4-6) allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of work for the Trojans, who used 16 hits to get the victory.

Cusick led off the game with his first home run of the season, hitting a 2-1 pitch over the fence in right field for the 1-0 USC lead. The Trojans added four runs in the second as the first five batters reached base safely. Gemoll hit a two-run, bases-loaded single which was followed by an RBI double from Cusick and an RBI groundout by freshman shortstop Grant Green.

USC scored a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to round out the scoring.

Steve Domecus provided the Gauchos' lone run with a solo home run in the third inning, his third homer of the season.

USC concludes the regular season with a Pac-10 home series against Stanford, Friday-Sunday (May 25-27), with the Trojans possibly needing to sweep in order to secure an NCAA Tournament berth. All three games will be broadcast live on with a live video webcast for the Stanford series.

Notes: Matt Cusick extended his season-long hitting streak to 12 games...Grant Green continued his push for Freshman All-American with a 2-for-6 day at the plate...Green leads the Trojans with a .325 batting average and has hit safely in 24 of his last 26 the field, Green has not made an error in his last 14 games (70 chances) and recorded just two errors in his last 21 games...redshirt freshman pitcher Nate Klein, who grew up near Santa Barbara in Goleta, made his collegiate debut with one scoreless inning of relief...Klein missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

USC	 140-011-100---8-16-0UCSB	 001-000-000---1-4-2

WP - Vasquez (4-6) LP - Aspegren (1-1)T - 2:48 ATT - 151Records: USC (27-26), UCSB (23-28)

Vasquez, Olsen (7), Klein (8), Encinas (9) and Stock.Aspergen, Brown (3), Wade (5), Tracy (7), Morlock (8), Segal (9) and Anderson.

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