Season-High 20 Hits Leads UCLA to 17-5 Win Over #18 USC

March 9, 2003

A season-high 20 hits and a ten-run first inning led UCLA (12-12) to a 17-5 victory over #18 USC (9-10) in front of 1,197 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday.

The win gave the Bruins their first series win over the Trojans since the 2000 season. It also marked the largest UCLA margin of victory in the series since April 5th, 1992 when the Bruins defeated USC, 15-2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The pitching combination of Fraser Dizard and Michael Cooper walked six of the first seven Bruin batters. A double from Brandon Averill followed and drove in two runners. With that, the floodgates opened as singles from Preston Griffin, Wes Whisler and Chris Denove, along with a double from Matt Thayer drove in five more runs. After one inning, UCLA led, 10-0.

Whisler, who earned his second win of the season, kept the Trojans off the bases, facing the minimum through four innings.

UCLA would add two more to its tally in the fourth inning as RBI-singles from Griffin and Sean Carpenter brought in Denove and Ryan McCarthy, who had reached base on a single and double, respectively.

After the Trojans posted a run in the fifth, UCLA added another in the sixth on McCarthy's fourth home run of the season.

USC returned the favor in the seventh when Matt Bonovich hit a three-run homer to drop the Bruin lead to 13-4.

The Trojans put up another run in the eighth, put UCLA would seal the victory with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Singles from McCarthy, Carpenter, Griffin, Thayer and Kevin Conlin would drive in the Bruin runs and shut the door on USC.

UCLA will return to action on Tuesday, when it hosts Pacific in a 3:00 p.m. match-up.

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