USC On Losing End Of 2-1 Pitchers' Duel

March 14, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Andrew Liebel allowed just one run on six hits for his first complete game of the season as the No. 9 Long Beach State 49ers defeated the USC Trojans, 2-1, in a nonconference series opener at Blair Field. Liebel has allowed just four earned runs in 32 1/3 innings this year for the Dirtbags (10-3).

Nick Buss led off the game with a triple to left center and scored on Grant Green's single to right, but the Trojans were only able to muster four hits after the first inning.

The 49ers scored their only runs in the third with two outs. Shane Peterson started things with a double before Jason Corder tied the game with another double off USC starter Tommy Milone (2-1). Designated hitter Rylan Sandoval then scored the eventual game-winner with an RBI single up the middle.

Milone allowed two runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings for USC (9-6), walking two and striking out five. Freshman righty Ryan Cabral entered the game in the eighth with runners at first and second and despite walking a batter to load the bases, he induced a ground out from Travis Howell to end the inning.

After Buss struck out looking in the ninth, shortstop Danny Espinosa turned in back-to-back defensive gems to retire Green and Roberto Lopez to secure the victory.

Notes: USC senior Roberto Lopez had his career-high hitting streak halted at 13 games, going 0-for-4 on the evening...Long Beach State has won six of the last seven games between the two schools...Robert Stock and Grant Green had two hits each for the Trojans...despite the loss, Tommy Milone now has a 2.13 ERA on the season (25 1/3 IP, 23 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 25 SO, .235 OBA).

USC	 100-000-000---1-6-1LBS	 002-000-00X---2-8-0

WP - Liebel (1-0) LP - Milone (2-1)T - 2:32 ATT - 1,892Records: USC (9-6), LBS (10-3)

Milone, Cabral (8) and Stock.Liebel and Howell.

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