Baseball Wins In Dramatic Fashion In Ninth Inning
March 14, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Center fielder Brian Barre stole home in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday and the No. 10 USC Trojans defeated the University of San Diego Toreros, 4-3, in non-conference action.
With a 1-2 count on Bill Peavey, Barre recorded his third stolen base of the game for USC (14-8) as Tom Caple's throw bounced in the dirt in a close play at the plate.
It was the second time this season that the Trojans have stolen home (Seth Davidson, however, stole home on March 3 at Houston on a delayed double steal with runners on first and third). It was the first true time that a Trojan has stolen home since Morgan Ensberg did it in the 1998 national championship game in USC's 21-14 win against Arizona State.
San Diego dropped to 14-8 on the season as fielding errors proved to be the difference.
Extra innings loomed for both teams with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before the Trojans' rally. Barre hit a sharp ground ball that handcuffed San Diego third baseman Greg Sain, who threw the ball over first baseman Jason Marian. Barre continued to second and looked like he would be tagged out until shortstop Josh Harris bobbled the relay, allowing Barre to reach second safely.
Anthony Lunetta then was walked intentionally, for the second time in the game, and Josh Persell was hit on the first pitch to load the bases. Persell was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season. Caple then got ahead on Peavey before the game-winning steal.
San Diego jumped on the scoreboard first with two runs in the first off Trojans' starter Frazer Dizard. Mike McCoy reached on a perfect bunt down the first base line. Marian walked, advancing McCoy to second. McCoy and Marian advanced on a double steal and McCoy scored on a Sain sacrifice fly. Marian would score on an RBI single by left fielder Joey Prast.
USC answered in the third when San Diego loaded the bases after intentionally walking Lunetta. Persell knocked a two-run single to center, tying the game.
After San Diego scored once in the sixth, the Trojans received another run on an error. Davidson singled and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Aaron Wilson. Davidson scored on a single to right by Brian Barre.
Brian Bannister (2-3) registered two perfect innings to record the win for USC.
The Trojans begin Pac-10 Conference play with a three-game series at Washington on Saturday (March 17), Sunday (March 18) and Monday (March 19) with a 1 p.m. start for every game. All three games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
USD 200-001-000 --- 3-8-3USC 002-000-101 --- 4-8-0Perez, Simonetti (4), Wilson (6), Caple (8) and Diaz-Miron.Dizard, Currier (6), Olson (8), Bannister (8) and ConcepcionWP - Bannister (2-3) LP - Caple (1-2)T: 2:56 ATT: 122