Long Beach State Hands 7-1 Loss To Trojans

Feb. 8, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. - For the second straight game, a costly error led to a five-run inning Saturday as the No. 16 Long Beach State 49ers defeated the No. 6 USC Trojans, 7-1, in non-conference action at Blair Field. In the bottom of the first, Long Beach State's Travis Udvarhelyi was caught in a rundown from third base, but USC catcher Matt Bonovich threw the ball into left field to start the big inning.

Jered Weaver (1-1) went six innings for the 49ers, allowing three hits and striking out six batters with one walk to earn the victory. Scott Shoemaker went three innings and allowed one unearned run to pick up his first save of the season.

After giving up five runs (three earned) in the first, USC starter Brian Bannister (1-1) battled back to go six innings, scattering seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Long Beach State (3-2) used another five-run inning after the 49ers scored five in the fifth in Friday's 6-0 win against USC (1-2). Mike Hofius hit an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by designated hitter John Bowker. Chuck Sindlinger used a bunt single down the third base line to score the final run of the inning.

USC scored its lone run in the seventh on an RBI single by second baseman Jon Brewster.

The series finale will be tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker play-by-play, on usctrojans.com.

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