UCLA Falls to USC, 16-10
May 25, 2002
LOS ANGELES - USC hit four home runs to outslug UCLA, 16-10, this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Adam Berry's grand slam in the bottom of the fifth tied the game at 7-7, but USC came back with two home runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead and hold on for the win. With the win, USC clinches at least a share of the Pac-10 championship with a 16-7 conference record. The Trojans are 33-22 overall. UCLA drops to 26-34, 9-14 in the Pac-10.
USC loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first and and walked away with two runs. Wes Whisler, the starting pitcher and designated hitter, was able to make up for the pitching mistakes by tying the game in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run. It is the third time in conference play that Whisler has tied the game with a home run directly following an inning in which he has allowed a run. The Trojans got another run in the top of the second when Anthony Lunetta drove home Jon Brewster, but again UCLA tied it up the bottom of the inning. Brandon Averill led off with a single and advanced to third on two consecutive groundouts. He came around to score on Ryan McCarthy's single.
Joey Metropoulos gave USC a 5-3 lead in the top of the third, and the Trojans extended their lead to 7-3 in the top of the fifth. UCLA battled back in the bottom of the fifth. Whisler led off the inning with a single, and after Josh Arhart's fly out, Billy Susdorf and Averill hit singles to load the bases. Berry hit his Pac-10 leading 18th home run of the season over the wall in left field to tie the game 7-7 after five. It was Berry's first career grand slam and the second UCLA home run of the day.
However, USC answered with some home run power of its own. Bill Peavey hit a three run home run off of Dan Reid, and Michael Moon followed with a two-run home run to give the Trojans a five run lead. A triple by Michael Morales and a single by Brewster made it a 13-7 USC lead.
The Bruins responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Jensen scored on Arhart's double and two more runs came around on Susdorf's double. But that would be all the scoring the Bruins could muster. USC scored two more runs in the eighth, and Brian Barre hit a solo home run in the ninth for the 16-10 final score.
Kyle Wilson (2-1) suffered the loss for UCLA, while Jon Williams (6-2) was credited with the win, despite giving up five runs.
The Bruins are looking to finish their season with a win on Sunday. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m and the six seniors on the team will be honored before the game.
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