Reyes Dominates As Baseball Advances After 8-0 Win Against Fresno State

May 27, 2001

LOS ANGELES-Sophomore Anthony Reyes threw a dominating 3-hit shutout as No. 2 USC beat unranked Fresno State, 8-0, in the championship game of the NCAA Baseball Los Angeles Regional before 1,594 fans at USC's Dedeaux Field on Sunday afternoon (May 27).

USC, seeded first in this regional, improves to 42-17. The Trojans, winners of an unprecedented 12 College World Series, now move on to play the winner of the South Bend Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 1-3 at a site to be announced on Monday (May 28).

Third-seeded Fresno State concludes its season with a 41-25 mark.

Reyes surrendered just an infield single to Nick Garcia in the first inning until Brandon Gemoll singled to right in the seventh. FSU's only other hit was a double by Tobey Riday-White in the eighth. Only 2 Bulldogs got to second base and Reyes picked off both to end innings. He struck out 10, walked none and hit 1 batter while improving to 5-3. Of his 108 pitches, 85 were strikes.

Reyes has been very effective lately, having allowed just 1 earned run in his last 33 innings. In his last 4 outings, he is 4-0 with an 0.27 ERA. This was his second complete game in his last 3 starts.

'I felt really good out there,' said Reyes. 'I wasn't spotting the ball as well as I wanted to. But they were getting themselves out. I was just throwing pitches I knew that they could hit, but not hard.'

Said USC head coach Mike Gillespie: 'It's obvious to everyone that we got a great pitching performance from Anthony Reyes. He's on a roll right now. And we again got really good production up and down the lineup.'

USC, playing as the visiting team, scored in all but 3 innings. The Trojans opened their scoring by getting a run in the top of the third when Brian Barre got an infield single, Seth Davidson singled him to third and Barre scored on a wild pitch by starter Francisco Nieves.

The Trojans added 3 runs in the fifth, all with 2 outs. Barre, Davidson and Concepcion hit consecutive singles, with Barre scoring on Concepcion's hit and Davidson coming home when Riday-White bobbled the ball in right field. Concepcion then came in when third baseman Nick Garcia couldn't get to Anthony Lunetta's popup down the left field line.

With 2 outs in the sixth, Abel Montanez hit an opposite field home run to right field, his second of the year. Nieves-who suffered the loss and fell to 7-4-was knocked out of the game when the next batter, Josh Self, doubled (he was relieved by Jason Gutknecht).

Concepcion blasted his fourth home run of the year to straightaway center in the seventh.

Michael Moon led off the eighth with a triple and came home on Montanez's double off reliever Ozzie Gonzalez.

In the ninth, Davidson walked, went to second on Gonzalez's wild pitch and to third on a groundout, and came home on Lunetta's single.

'That was a tough game for us,' said Fresno State head coach Bob Bennett. 'Reyes had great stuff, as good as anyone we've seen. We were well in the game until the fifth, when they scored 3 runs. We broke down a bit defensively and their hitters relaxed and got us out of our rhythm on the mound. With Reyes pitching and 5 runs, they had a sure thing.'

Davidson, Concepcion and Moon each had 3 hits to pace the Trojans' 17-hit attack.

Moon, who hit a game-winning 2-run homer on Saturday to beat Pepperdine and had 3 hits and 3 RBI in USC's opening win over Oral Roberts on Friday, was named the regional's Most Outstanding Player. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Reyes, Concepcion, Barre and Montanez.

Oscar Lopez, Josh Labandeira and Casey McGehee made the All-Tournament team for Fresno State, as did Pepperdine's Jared Pitney, Daniel Haren and Noah Lowry.

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