Baseball Shuts Out Washington State, 7-0
May 13, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Senior pitcher Rik Currier (Dana Point/Capistrano Valley HS) threw his first solo shutout (third with two combined) of the season Sunday and the No. 5 USC Trojans defeated the Washington State Cougars, 7-0, in Pac-10 action at Dedeaux Field. Currier allowed only five hits and struck out a season-high 12 on the afternoon. With his strikeout of Justin Williams in the seventh, Currier set a new school and Pac-10 Conference record with his 421st career strikeout, surpassing the record of 420 held by Seth Etherton (USC). He now has 424 in his career.
Currier (10-1) won his sixth straight game for USC (35-16, 15-5). The Trojans have won six straight games as well and 16 of their last 21. USC remains in first place in the Pac-10, one and a half games ahead of Stanford.
Currier is now 25-4 in his last two seasons as he and teammate Mark Prior have a combined 23-2 record this season with a 1.80 ERA (200 IP, 149 H, 44 BB, 256 SO).
The Trojans got on the scoreboard with two unearned runs in the first against Washington State (15-34, 6-14). Junior center fielder Brian Barre (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS) reached on an error by second baseman Bookie Gates and Anthony Lunetta walked. On a double steal, the throw to third by Jon Baeder sailed over third base, allowing Barre to score. Alberto Concepcion hit a sacrifice fly to left, plating Lunetta for the Trojans' second run.
Senior Josh Self hit an RBI triple in the fourth while Barre hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh.
Garrett Alwert (2-5) picked up the loss for the Cougars, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits in seven innings of work.
USC will conclude its series with Washington State tomorrow at 1 p.m. and will complete its home regular season schedule with a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday (May 15) vs. Long Beach State. Both games will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.usctrojans.com.
WSU 000-000-000--- 0-5-2USC 200-120-11x--- 7-11-1Alwert, Kenyon (8) and Baeder, Reddinger (8).Currier and Concepcion.WP - Currier (10-1) LP - Alwert (2-5)T: 2:12 ATT: 506
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