Baseball Continues Roll With 10-1 Win Against Long Beach State

Feb. 10, 2001

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LOS ANGELES -- Senior pitcher Rik Currier allowed only three hits in seven innings while senior first baseman Bill Peavey went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI Saturday as the No. 2 USC Trojans defeated the Long Beach State 49ers, 10-1, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field.

The Trojans (6-0) are off to their best start since 1988 when USC started the season with a 15-game winning streak.

Currier (2-0) struck out five batters and did not allow a walk in his second start. At one point, Currier retired 12 out of 13 straight 49er batters.

'It was a really good performance for Rik,' said USC Head Coach Mike Gillespie. 'He has pitched a lot and has been a successful guy for us.'

The start of the game was delayed 58 minutes due to rain.

After the 49ers went 1-2-3 in the first, the Trojans answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded and two outs, sophomore catcher Alberto Concepcion hit a two-run double down the line and freshman Jon Brewster recorded his first hit as a Trojan with an RBI single to center.

'The rain delay took the edge off both teams,' said Gillespie. 'Fortunately, we got a couple of big hits in the first inning.'

Long Beach State's lone run came in the second on a solo home run by Edgar Varela to right.

The Trojans opened the game in the fifth when pinch-hitter Brian Barre hit a two-run double to right, giving USC a 7-1 lead. USC registered six doubles on the afternoon.

Both teams will complete the weekend series tomorrow at Blair Field at 1 p.m.

Long Beach St.	010-000-000 --- 1-5-0USC		400-031-20x --- 10-12-0Bentz, Berni (5), Alvarez (7), Demaria (8) and Kennedy.Currier, Olson (8), Williams (9) and Concepcion, Adolph (8).WP - Currier (2-0)     LP - Bentz (0-1)Home Runs:  Long Beach St. - Varela, 2nd inning, two out, none onT: 3:06    ATT:  508
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