Prior Dominates Again As Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play With 5-1 Win
March 17, 2001
SEATTLE - Mark Prior struck out a career-high 14 batters in a complete game effort Saturday and the No. 10 USC Trojans defeated the Washington Huskies, 5-1, in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Prior (5-1) allowed only two hits and did not allow a walk for the Trojans (15-8, 1-0). He pitched three perfect innings to begin the game and struck out the side in the ninth for USC's first complete game of the season. Tyler Shepple (0-2) took the loss for Washington (9-4, 0-1) in front of 532 at Husky Ballpark.
Prior has registered 49 strikeouts in his last four starts and has struck out 10 or more batters in a game six times in 2001. For the season, Prior has a 1.60 ERA in 50 2/3 innings. He has allowed 33 hits while striking out 80 and walking only six batters. Opponents are hitting .181 against Prior.
Freshman Jon Brewster went 3-for-4 for the Trojans with a double and an RBI.
The Huskies scored their lone run in the fourth. Brandon Jacobsen reached on a catcher's interference by USC's Alberto Concepcion. He advanced to third on a single by left fielder Jay Garthwaite and scored on a wild pitch by Prior for the unearned run.
USC answered with two runs in the top of the fifth. After Brian Barre and Seth Davidson both walked to start the inning, designated hitter Josh Persell singled to left to score Barre. Davidson advanced to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bill Peavey.
After the Trojans scored two in the seventh, Peavey added an insurance run with his second home run of the season in the ninth, a line drive shot to left.
The Trojans will continue their series with the Huskies tomorrow and Monday with a 1 p.m. start for both games. Both games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
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