Long Beach State Shuts Out Trojans, 6-0
Feb. 7, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Chuck Sindlinger and Tim Hutting had two-run hits as part of a five-run fifth inning Friday and the No. 16 Long Beach State 49ers defeated the No. 6 USC Trojans, 6-0, at Dedeaux Field. It was only the second time since 1921 that the Trojans have been shut out in a home opener (USC was shut out by a similar 6-0 score in 1964 by Cal Western).
Long Beach State improved to 2-2 overall while USC fell to 1-1 on the season.
The 49ers' big inning started when USC second baseman Jon Brewster dropped a routine pop up leading to five unearned runs, all with two outs. Sindlinger hit a two-run double to right while Hutting knocked a two-run single up the middle.
Both starters had strong efforts as Abe Alvarez (2-0) went 5 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three. USC's Anthony Reyes (0-1) made his first start of the season, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Bo Ashabraner threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn his first save of the season for the 49ers.
The Trojans were sloppy on defense, committing five errors on the evening.
USC's best chance at the plate came in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs, but freshman designated hitter Jeff Clement grounded out to second to end the threat.
The series will continue tomorrow at Blair Field in Long Beach at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com. Sunday's series finale will be a 1 p.m. start at Dedeaux Field with a live broadcast and Gametracker play-by-play available as well.
LBS 000-050-001 - 6-8-0USC 000-000-000 - 0-10-5
WP - Alvarez (2-0) LP - Reyes (0-1) S - Ashabraner (1)Alvarez, Ashabraner (6) and Davis.Reyes, Rummonds (5), Butler (6), Olson (7), Cooper (9) and BonovichT - 3:28 ATT - 1,036
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