Petersen Deals USC A 5-1 Loss

May 24, 2003

SEATTLE - Right-hander Jeff Petersen held USC to only one unearned run over seven innings as theWashington baseball team beat the Trojans, 5-1, Saturday at Husky Ballpark in the second game ofa three-game Pac-10 series.

Washington (39-16 overall) improved its Pac-10 record to 14-9 and ensured its sixth straight seriesin win Pac-10 play after having beaten USC 26-2 on Friday. The Huskies took over solepossession of third place in the conference, a half game back of second-place Arizona State and ahalf game ahead of Arizona. The Devils and Wildcats play Saturday night.

USC fell to 28-27 overall and 11-12 in the conference. It's unlikely that, even with a win Sunday,the Trojans will get an NCAA tournament berth as they cannot finish over .500 in the Pac-10.

Petersen (6-5) went seven innings for the win. The junior allowed only five hits and one unearnedrun while walking one and striking out three. Closer Will Fenton, still yet to allow a run in 29innings this year, came on to pitch the final two innings for his Pac-10-leading ninth save of theseason.

The Trojans took advantage of a UW error in the second to score the game's first run and take a 1-0 lead. Travis McAndrews got it started with a single. After a flyout, Spencer Gordon bouncedinto what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson'sflip to second flew high and the runners ended up at second and third. Darin Vieira followed with agroundout to drive in McAndrews to give USC its 1-0 lead.

Washington trailed by that 1-0 tally until the fourth, when junior right fielder Mike Wagner led offthe inning with his 15th home run of the season. After a pair of strikeouts, a double from shortstopTila Reynolds got the Huskies going again. Third baseman John Otness followed with a triple tostraightaway center and the UW took a 2-1 lead.

The UW increased its lead to 3-1 in the sixth as first baseman Kyle Larsen doubled down the right-field line and and then scored on a single from left fielder Chad Boudon. A one-out, bases-loadedsingle from Boudon in the eighth padded the Huskies' lead to 5-1. Boudon finished the day 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.

Trojans ace Anthony Reyes (2-4), who has spent much of the year out with an injury, suffered theloss. The senior right-hander threw seven and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on 10 hitswhile striking out nine.

The Huskies and Trojans close out the regular season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. The USCradio broadcast of the game can be heard over the internet via a link from gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 5, USC 1USC             010 000 000 -- 1  5 0Washington      000 201 02x -- 5 10 2Anthony Reyes, Bret Butler (8) and Jeff Clement. Jeff Petersen,Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Petersen (6-5). L - Reyes(2-4). Sv - Fenton (9). 2B - UW, Tila Reynolds, Kyle Larsen. 3B -UW, John Otness. HR - UW, Mike Wagner (15). T - 2:10. A - 707.Records: USC, 28-27, 11-12 Pac-10; UW 39-16, 14-9 Pac-10.
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