No. 18 Trojans Put Game Away Early In 9-6 Win At UCLA

March 8, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The No. 18 USC Trojans used three home runs in the first three innings Saturday to defeat the host UCLA Bruins, 9-6, in a televised, non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The series is tied at one game apiece with the finale tomorrow at 1 p.m.

USC improves to 9-9 overall on the season while UCLA falls to 11-12. Each team registered three home runs on the afternoon.

Bobby Paschal (1-3) earned his first collegiate win as a Trojan. Paschal struck out the side in the first, retiring the first six batters he faced. He went six innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Josh Rummonds threw a perfect inning in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

In the top of the first, USC's Travis McAndrews popped up to third and Anthony Lunetta doubled to right center, but was thrown out at third on the relay. Freshman catcher Jeff Clement singled to right and scored when first baseman Joey Metropoulos homered to center, his fourth of the season and second of the series. Second baseman Jon Brewster followed with his second homer of the season with a solo shot to left.

In eight career games at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Metropoulos has hit six home runs.

The Trojans added two in the top of the second on a two-run homer to center by McAndrews, his third of the season. McAndrews extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games.

Down 7-0 in the third, catcher Jeff Abney put the Bruins on the scoreboard with his second homer of the season, a two-run shot to left. USC added two runs in the sixth while UCLA added another run in the bottom of the inning on Matt Thayer's third homer of the season.

Ryan McCarthy reached base safely in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error by USC second baseman Jon Brewster. Sean Carpenter singled and third baseman Brandon Averill homered to left center with his second homer, cutting the Trojans' lead to 9-6.

UCLA had runners at first and second in the eighth, but USC reliever Bret Butler struck out Averill to end the inning.

Trojan right fielder Billy Hart also provided a rare doubleheader when he was inserted in the bottom of the sixth. Hart, who is also a quarterback on the USC football team, participated in spring football practice earlier in the day and drove to Jackie Robinson Stadium. Hart went 0-for-2 at the plate.

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