Trojans Sweep Bruins

Feb. 24, 2002

LOS ANGELES - USC completed a sweep of UCLA this afternoon, defeating the Bruins 6-3 in game three of a three game non-conference series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. USC improves to 5-5 on the season, while UCLA drops its sixth straight to fall to 7-9 overall.

The game was a closely contested pitcher's duel for most of the game. UCLA starter Casey Janssen allowed just one run, a solo home run by Joey Metropoulous, in 5.0 innings and struck out six batters. Trojan starter Brett Bannister allowed two runs on three hits in 5.2 innings.

UCLA got on the board first in the bottom of the second. Kevin Conlin singled and advanced to second on Adam Berry's single. Wes Whisler walked to load the bases with one out, and Ryan Rasmussen hit a sacrifice fly to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

USC tied it up in the fifth on Metropoulos' home run, but the Bruins were able to take the lead again in the sixth. Matt Thayer doubled to start the inning, and advanced to third on Chris Jensen's groundout. A Ben Francisco sacrifice fly sent Thayer home and gave the Bruins a one run advantage.

USC took the lead in the seventh. With two outs, Michael Moon singled and Brian Barre walked off of Bruin reliever David Johnson. Kris Cox's double sent the two base runners home and gave the Trojans a 3-2 lead.

Berry tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run, but that was all the offense the Bruins were able to manage. In the top of the eighth, Bill Peavey hit a solo home run to give USC a 4-3 lead, and the Trojans added two more runs for the final 6-3 score.

UCLA reliever Wes Whisler struck out three batters and allowed one unearned run in the final 1.1 innings of the game.

UCLA looks to stop its skid when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at Jackie Robinson on Tuesday. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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