Baseball Drops A Tough One to Trojans

Feb. 18, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - USC's Michael Morales hit the game winning RBI single in the top of the 11th to lead the Trojans over UCLA, 5-4, in the final game of the three game non conference series. With the loss, the Bruins drop to 8-4 overall, while USC improves to 8-2.

Bobby Roe got the start on the mound for the Bruins, but gave up an unearned run in the first and another run in the second. In the fourth, the Bruins finally got some offense going. Brian Baron singled to start the inning, and Randall Shelley followed him with another single. Eric Reece's double sent Baron home. Adam Berry reached base on an error by USC shortstop Seth Davidson, which also allowed Shelley to score. Berry would score on another Davidson error to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead after four innings.

The Bruins would tack on another run in the fifth. Ben Francisco started the inning with a double, and scored on a wild pitch by USC pitcher Jordan Olson.

UCLA allowed the Trojans to score runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score at 4-4. The Bruins had an excellent opportunity to end the game in the ninth inning. Ryan Rasmussen reached base on an error by USC second baseman Anthony Lunetta, and Matt Pearl drew a walk to put runners at first and second. A fly ball to right field advanced the runners, and Baron walked to load the bases. But with two outs, Shelley hit a soft liner to Lunetta to end the Bruin threat.

The Trojans scored their game winning run in the top of the 11th. Jon Brewster hit a single to left off of Doug Silva to start the inning and stole second base. Morales singled to right field to send Brewster home to give the Trojans the 5-4 advantage that would turn out to be the final score.

After winning eight straight, the Bruins have dropped their last two. They hope to return to their winning ways this Tuesday when they travel to Pepperdine for a midweek non conference matchup. Game time is 2:00 p.m

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