Washington State Takes Series With 6-4 Win At USC
April 26, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Shea Vucinich went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Sunday as the Washington State Cougars beat the USC Trojans, 6-4, to win the Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. David Stilley earned the win for the Cougars with 5 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts as WSU recorded its first-ever three-game series win at USC.
Washington State improved to 21-18 on the season and 10-5 in Pac-10 Conference play while USC fell to 21-19 overall, 10-8 in conference.
Ryan Peterson added a 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Cougars while Jeremy Johnson earned his sixth save on the year with three innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Robert Stock (3-2) took the loss for USC despite going eight innings and allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Freshman first baseman Ricky Oropesa went 3-for-3 for the Trojans with junior left fielder Mike O'Neill going 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI.
Jared Prince reached safely in the WSU second on an error by USC third baseman Billy Pinkerton. Jay Ponciano singled Prince to second as the Cougars later put the first run on the board on Peterson's RBI single to center. After Garry Kuykendall was hit by a pitch, Vucinich delivered a two-run single to left, making it a 3-0 Cougar lead. Vucinich then led off the fourth with his fifth homer of the season, sending a solo shot to left center.
O'Neill tripled in the USC half of the sixth and scored on Grant Green's RBI ground out for the 4-1 advantage. Two walks and a double by Anthony Vasquez loaded the bases for USC, but reliever Seth Harvey struck out Billy Pinkerton and induced a ground ball from Alex Sherrod as the Cougars were able to get the force at second base.
Derek Jones made it a four-run lead again on an RBI single in the seventh, but Stock entered as the designated hitter in the bottom of the seventh and promptly doubled down the right field line. Stock would scored on O'Neill's sacrifice fly to make it a 5-2 deficit. Washington State rallied with two outs in the eighth, loading the bases, but Stock struck out Vucinich for the third out.
Oropesa led off the eighth with a single to left and the Trojans caught a break when Jones dropped Vasquez's fly ball in left to put runners at first and second with no outs. Hector Rabago then hit a two-run double to right off Johnson and freshman Ashton Kent sacrificed him to third. Johnson answered the call with the tying run at third, striking out Sherrod and getting Stock to fly out to center.
WSU added an insurance run in the ninth on Weber's RBI double and Johnson retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the win for the Cougars.
USC will play five straight road games, beginning on Tuesday (April 28) at UC Irvine and Wednesday (April 29) at Cal State Fullerton before a Pac-10 Conference series at Washington next weekend. Tuesday and Wednesday's games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
WSU 030-010-101---6-10-2USC 000-001-120---4-9-1
WP - Stilley (2-0) LP - Stock (3-2) S - Johnson (6)T - 2:49 ATT - 351Records: Washington State (21-18, 10-5), USC (21-19, 10-8)
Stilley, Harvey (6), Johnson (7) and Ponciano.Stock, Cooper (9) and Rabago.