Baseball Shuts Out No. 1 Stanford With 7-0 Victory
April 21, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Senior right-hander Rik Currier (Dana Point/Capistrano Valley HS) threw eight shutout innings Saturday and the No. 8 USC Trojans defeated the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal for the second time in as many days with a 7-0 shutout in front of a season-high 1,232 fans at Dedeaux Field. It was the first time that USC (29-13, 10-4) had shut out Stanford (31-10, 10-4) since March 8, 1996 when the Trojans won, 8-0, at Dedeaux Field.
USC won its 10th game in the last 12 as Stanford was shut out for the first time in 196 games in front of a national television audience.
Currier (8-1) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked four batters as he improved to 19-2 in his last 21 decisions, dating back to last year. In the fourth inning, Currier registered his 400th career strikeout when he retired Jason VanMeetren swinging for the third out. It was also the second time this season that Currier combined with freshman Fraser Dizard for a shutout (6-0 win at UCLA on Feb. 17).
In Pac-10 play this season, Currier and teammate Mark Prior are a combined 9-0 with a 1.01 ERA in 80 innings of work.
The Trojans also handed former USC pitcher Jeff Bruksch (8-1) his first loss of the season. Bruksch gave up six runs on nine hits in four innings of work.
USC opened the scoring in the first when Seth Davidson and Anthony Lunetta hit back-to-back singles. Both players advanced on a double steal and Davidson scored on a groundout by Josh Persell. Bill Peavey then singled to center to plate Lunetta.
The Trojans broke the game open in the third when Alberto Concepcion (El Segundo/El Segundo HS) hit his second home run in as many games with a three-run blast to right.
The series will conclude tomorrow (April 22) at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.
Stanford 000-000-000--- 0-5-2USC 203-101-00x--- 7-10-2Bruksch, Cunningham (5), Ehrlich (7) and Garko.Currier, Dizard (9) and Concepcion.WP - Currier (8-1) LP - Bruksch (8-1)T: 2:48 ATT: 1,232
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