USC Takes First Game Over Washington State, 5-1

April 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Junior right-hander Brad Boxberger (Tustin/Foothill HS) threw his first collegiate complete game Friday, tying a career-high with 11 strikeouts, as the USC Trojans beat the Washington State Cougars, 5-1, in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. Boxberger allowed just one run on four hits with a walk as USC won for the 10th time in the last 13 games.

USC (21-17, 10-6) is now tied for second place in the Pac-10 Conference with UCLA, a half-game ahead of Oregon State and Washington State.

Anthony Vasquez went 2-for-3 for the Trojans with a home run and three RBI while Mike O'Neill and Grant Green added two hits each.

Matt Way took the loss for Washington State (19-18, 8-5), lasting 6 1/3 innings and giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts.

Green doubled to left center in the USC half of the first and made a key play to distract WSU shortstop Shea Vucinich on a ground ball by freshman first baseman Ricky Oropesa as Vucinich's error put runners on the corners. Vasquez then hit Way's first pitch over the fence in right for the three-run homer as USC took the 3-0 lead.

Jared Prince hit a double to lead off the Cougar second, advancing to third on a groundout by Michael Weber before Boxberger stranded the runner after striking out Matt Argyropoulos and Garry Kuykendall.

Way recorded back-to-back strikeouts in the third, but loaded the bases with three consecutive walks. A passed ball charged to WSU catcher Alex Burg made it a 4-0 lead for the Trojans after three innings.

The Cougars scored their first run in the fourth on Michael Weber's RBI single, but the Trojans responded with a run in the fifth when Green singled home O'Neill from second for the 5-1 score. After hitting Burg with a pitch in the sixth, Boxberger retired 11 straight batters, including four strikeouts in the final two innings.

The series continues tomorrow with a 2 p.m. start and noon start for the series finale on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live through a video webcast on usctrojans.com.

Notes: Brad Boxberger recorded 11 strikeouts for the third time in his career, the previous two times were earlier this season (Feb. 20 vs. Long Beach State and March 13 vs. Winthrop)...for the season, Boxberger now has a 2.51 ERA (71 2/3 IP, 40 H, 20 ER, 35 BB, 78 SO, .166 opponents' batting average)...Boxberger has gone at least seven innings or more in eight of his last nine starts.

WSU	 000-100-000---1-4-2USC	 301-010-000---5-6-0

WP - Boxberger (4-3) LP - Way (5-4)T - 2:32 ATT - 268Records: Washington State (19-18, 8-5), USC (21-17, 10-6)

Way, Wise (7), Conley (7), Lambert (8) and Burg.Boxberger and Stock.

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