USC Drops 6-1 Decision To UCLA At Dodger Stadium

Feb. 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Justin Uribe broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a two-run single as the No. 23 UCLA Bruins defeated the USC Trojans, 6-1, in a non-conference game at Dodger Stadium. Uribe finished with three RBI while Cody Keefer went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI in front of a crowd of 14,588 in the final game of the 2010 Dodgertown Classic.

Trojan starter Kevin Couture left the game in the second inning after taking a line drive off his throwing hand by catcher Steve Rodriguez. Sophomore righty Ben Mount came in and threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts for USC (3-4).

Erik Goeddel threw 2 2/3 no-hit innings for UCLA (6-0), walking one and striking out three after starter Rob Rasmussen lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Dan Klein earned his first save of the year with 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Joe De Pinto hit a one-out triple in the top of the first, but was stranded when Rasmussen struck out Ricky Oropesa and got Matt Hart to fly out to right. Keefer led off the UCLA first with an infield single, but was thrown out at second by USC catcher Keith Castillo on a steal attempt. Blair Dunlap and Tyler Rahmatulla put back-to-back singles together and advanced on right fielder Brett Krill's groundout, but Couture induced a pop up from Dean Espy.

With runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the second, Mount entered the game for Couture and induced a groundout by Keefer to get the Trojans out of another jam. In the top of the fourth and Hart at third, Castillo hit a fly ball to left as Keefer threw a strike to home plate as Rodriguez tagged out Hart for the inning-ending double play.

Cade Kreuter hit a one-out double in the fifth over the head of Krill and scored on Mike O'Neill's RBI double to left for the 1-0 USC lead. UCLA answered with a run in the fifth on Krill's RBI double, scoring Keefer.

UCLA started the seventh with a Dunlap single and walk to Rahmatulla. Trojan reliever Shuhei Fujiya entered the game as Krill laid a bunt attempt down third, but Fujiya was able to retire Dunlap at third. Fujiya uncorked a wild patch to advance the runners before Uribe lined a two-run single to center. In the eighth, Niko Gallego hammered Fujiya's 1-0 offering over the fence in left for his second homer of the season. Rodriguez and Keefer hit back-to-back doubles for the 5-1 UCLA lead and with the bases loaded, a walk by reliever Ryan Cabral forced in the Bruins' final run of the game.

USC travels to Long Beach State on Wednesday (March 3) for a 6:30 p.m. game before hosting New Mexico at Dedeaux Field, Friday-Sunday (March 5-7). It will be a 6:30 p.m. start for Friday and Saturday's games with a 1 p.m. start for Sunday. All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with a video webcast for the New Mexico series.

Notes: Today's game was the first time USC has played at Dodger Stadium since a three-game series against Baylor during the 2002 season, due to construction at Dedeaux Field...USC played exhibitions at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the 1970s and 1980s under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux...UCLA has now won 10 of the last 13 meetings in the series against USC.

USC	 000-010-000---1-7-1UCLA	 000-010-23x---6-13-1

WP - Goeddel (2-0) LP - Mount (0-1) S - Klein (1)T - 3:41 ATT - 14,588Records: USC (3-4), UCLA (6-0)

Couture, Mount (2), Fujiya (7), Dedeaux (8), Cabral (8) and Castillo.Rasmussen, Goeddel (5), Grace (7), Klein (7) and Rodriguez.

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