Baseball Falls To Stanford, 5-4, In Series Finale

March 24, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Second baseman Chris O'Riordan went 3-for-4, including a home run Sunday and the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal completed a three-game non-conference series sweep with a 5-4 win over the host USC Trojans at Dedeaux Field.

Stanford improved to 17-5 overall while USC fell to 12-13 on the season. The Trojans have lost four straight games.

The Trojans scored in the first on an RBI double by first baseman Bill Peavey, but the Cardinal took the lead for good in the second on a solo shot to right by left fielder Jason Cooper and sacrifice fly by first baseman Donny Lucy.

O'Riordan hit a solo shot in the third, his second of the season and the Cardinal added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Arik VanZandt. USC added two in the fourth, but catcher Ryan Garko hit his sixth home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh.

John Hudgins (4-0) picked up the win for the Cardinal, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on five hits. He walked four, struck out two and hit three batters.

Freshman J.P. Howell pitched five strong innings in relief for the Trojans, allowing only one run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

USC will open Pac-10 Conference play on Thursday (March 28) with a three-game series at home against California, beginning at 6 p.m. All three games of the series will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on

Stanford   	021-100-100 - 5-8-0USC        	100-200-100 - 4-6-3

WP - Hudgins (4-0) LP - Bt. Bannister (1-2) S - Ehrlich (2)Hudgins, Ehrlich (7) and Garko.Bannister, Howell (5) and Concepcion.T - 2:41 ATT - 867

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