No. 9 Long Beach State Completes Sweep With 16-9 Win Over USC

March 16, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Shane Peterson's grand slam capped a seven-run seventh inning as the No. 9 Long Beach State 49ers completed a nonconference series sweep with the 16-9 victory over the USC Trojans at Blair Field. Peterson went 3-for-6 with six RBI on the afternoon as the 49ers won for the eighth time in the last nine games between the two schools.

Long Beach State (12-3) banged out 17 hits and jumped out to a 6-0 lead before USC (9-8) rallied and eventually tied the game in the seventh.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Jason Tweedy doubled to left center and scored when Jason Corder laced a line drive down the third base line. Cook walked Peterson to put runners at first and second for the 49ers. Taylor Krick then hit a hard ground ball to second baseman Hector Rabago, but the ball bounced off his right shoulder into center field as Corder scored from second. John Hill then followed with a two-run single to right as the 49ers scored four runs in the first.

Peterson singled home Tweedy in the third and Danny Espinosa's RBI triple in the fourth knocked USC starter Ryan Cook out of the game after allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings.

The Trojans broke through with two runs in the fifth after senior first baseman Derek Perren (Chatsworth/Granada Hills HS/L.A. Pierce College) hammered a two-run triple into right center, scoring Grant Green and Roberto Lopez. The 49ers responded with two runs in the bottom half. With Peterson aboard on a single, reliever Jeff Grijalva walked Krick. Peterson later advanced to third on a wild pitch and Hill lifted a sacrifice fly ball to score another run. Krick moved to second in a heads-up play on Hill's fly ball and the 49ers scored their eighth run when Steve Tinoco singled to left.

Rabago led off the sixth with a single as the Trojans were able to load the bases. Nick Buss then hit a fly ball to right that Corder looked to make the catch, but the ball popped out as two runs scored. Lopez then drilled a two-run double to left and Perren brought home Lopez as USC cut the Long Beach State lead to 8-7.

Long Beach State scored another run in the sixth, but USC tied it in the seventh with two runs when Buss hit an RBI single to left after an Espinosa error scored Rabago from third.

Hill led off the 49er seventh with a single off Rabago, who was brought in as a reliever. Pinch hitter TJ Mittlestaedt then attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Rabago tried to throw out pinch runner Jordan Casas at second. Rabago's throw pulled Green off the bag at second and the 49ers used consecutive RBI singles by Jonathan Jones, Espinosa and Tweedy to take the lead for good. After Corder walked to load the bases, Peterson worked the count full against Rabago and blasted his first homer of the season over the fence in left center.

USC opens Pac-10 Conference play this week, hosting Arizona on Thursday through Saturday (March 20-22). Thursday and Friday's game will begin at 7 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start on Saturday. All three games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com and TrojanTV All-Access.

USC	 000-025-200---9-15-2LBS	 401-121-70x---16-17-2

WP - Roberts (2-0) LP - Rabago (0-2)T - 3:40 ATT - 1,792Records: USC (9-8), LBS (12-3)

Cook, Grijalva (5), Encinas (6), Beck (6), Rabago (6), Hershiser (7), Stock (8) and Stock, Salinas (8).Thompson, Wilk (6), Rasco (6), BM Godfrey (7), Roberts (7), Vincent (8) and Hill, Howell (8).

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