USC Pitching Shuts Down Baseball's Bats

March 21, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- USC freshman Bobby Paschal and reliever Michael Cooper combined to limit Arizona to a season-low three hits and freshman Jeff Clement hit a pair of home runs, as the two-time defending Pac-10 champions downed the Wildcats 12-2 at Frank Sancet Field on Friday.

The loss snapped Arizona's season-high seven-game winning streak and dropped the Wildcats to 19-8 overall and 0-1 in conference play. USC won its second straight game while improving to 13-11 with the win.

Paschal dominated the normally potent Arizona bats, giving up just two runs in six innings of work. He struck out six, including five looking, and walked two to improve to 2-3 for the season.

Arizona starter Sean Rierson (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after lasting just 2 2/3 innings. The junior right-hander gave up seven runs, all earned, on eight hits.

Leading the charge offensively for the Trojans, who finished the game with 16 hits, was freshman Jeff Clement. The first-year catcher ended the game 3 for 5 with five RBIs, three runs scored and two home runs, both of which were hit in USC's 8-run third.

All nine of the USC starters had a least one hit in the game, with the 1 through 4 hitters going a combined 9 for 19, with six runs scored and eight RBIs.

Arizona's lone bright spot in the game was Brian Anderson's second triple in as many games in the sixth inning. The hit snapped a tie with Ernie Durazo for the longest single-season hitting streak in school history. Anderson, who has hit successfully in 26 straight games this season, needs a hit in Arizona's next two games to tie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the all-time longest streak at 28 straight.

The Wildcats will look to rebound against the Trojans on Saturday at 1 p.m. Lefty Joe Little (4-2) will square off against USC's Brian Bannister (3-3) on the mound.

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