Prior, Concepcion Lift Baseball To 2-1 Win Against No. 1 Stanford
April 20, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Alberto Concepcion led off the eighth inning with a solo shot to right center while Mark Prior struck out 12 batters and the No. 8 USC Trojans defeated the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, 2-1, in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. Concepcion hit the first pitch from Jeremy Guthrie (8-2) for the game-winning run for the Trojans (28-14, 9-4), who are now one game behind Stanford (31-9, 10-3) in the Pac-10 standings.
Prior (11-1) came out for the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to catcher Ryan Garko. After Tobin Swope came in as a pinch-runner, Prior got right fielder Carlos Quentin to fly out to right for the first out of the inning. On a 2-1 pitch, Prior hit Andy Topham with a pitch to put runners and first and second. Shortstop Scott Dragicevich then hit a chopper to third base. Freshman Michael Moon alertly ran to third base to force Swope. Prior then struck out designated hitter Mario Garza looking to end the game.
For the season, Prior has a 1.18 ERA in 91 2/3 innings. He has allowed 52 hits (45 singles, five doubles and two home runs), walked 12 and struck out 135. Opponents are hitting .164 against him. In Pac-10 play, Prior is 5-0 with a 0.41 ERA, allowing only two earned runs in 44 innings. He has thrown four complete games and has allowed 19 hits (17 singles, two doubles), walked four and struck out 62 with opponents batting .130 against him.
Tonight was the ninth time this season that Prior has recorded 10 or more strikeouts this season.
Shortstop Seth Davidson set a school record for career hits in the fourth inning with a single up the middle. He has 283 hits, surpassing the old record of 282 held by Murph Proctor (1988-91).
Stanford scored its lone run in the first when Quentin doubled home Chris O'Riordan. Prior allowed only one runner (Swope) to advance to second for the remainder of the game.
The Trojans tied the game in the fourth when Anthony Lunetta singled home Brian Barre. USC had other opportunites against Guthrie, but grounded into three double plays and were picked off twice at first. The series will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday (April 22) also at 1 p.m. Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and Jerry Kindall calling the action. Both games will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.
Stanford 100-000-000--- 1-5-0USC 000-100-01x--- 2-6-0Guthrie and Garko.Prior and Concepcion.WP - Prior (11-1) LP - Guthrie (8-2)T: 2:28 ATT: 1,176
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