USC Gets Second Straight Win At Washington State
April 17, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Baron Frost scored the go-ahead run as part of a four-run eighth inning Saturday as the USC Trojans defeated the Washington State Cougars, 10-7, in Pac-10 Conference action at Bailey-Brayton Field. With the win, the Trojans have taken the first two games of the series and are now in second place in the conference, one game back of first place Stanford.
With the bases loaded in the eighth and the Trojans down by a 7-6 score, Jon Brewster hit a ground ball to third baseman Zach McAngus. McAngus grabbed the slow roller and threw to retire Joey Metropoulos at home, but the underhanded throw bounced off Metropoulos and to the backstop. Metropoulos scored followed by Frost for an 8-7 lead. Cyle Hankerd followed with a sacrifice fly to right and Michael Moon hit an RBI double to center, scoring Brewster, to cap the four-run rally.
Clayton Wentworth (3-2) earned the win for USC with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. He retired eight straight batters going into the ninth, allowing two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. After back-to-back singles, Jon Williams entered the game and struck out Grant Richardson. Williams retired McAngus on a comebacker and 1-3 putout to end the game for his first save of the season.
The Trojans are now 19-17 on the season with a 5-3 Pac-10 mark. USC has won six of their last eight games. Washington State falls to 21-13 overall with a 3-5 conference record.
Freshman Daniel Perales went 2-for-2 with four RBI for the Trojans. He hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the second and a two-run double in the third.
In the bottom of the third with two outs and runners at second and third, McAngus flied out for what looked to be the third out of the inning before third base umpire Dave Perez stopped play as both teams were running into the dugouts. Perez stated he made a balk call against USC starter Bret Butler before the fly out and the Cougars trailed 6-3.
Perez made another controversial call in the fourth, also with two outs and two strikes on the hitter Justin McClure. McClure swung and foul tipped the ball into USC catcher Jeff Clement's glove for the third strike and final out, but Perez said the ball hit the dirt. McClure walked and scored later when Jason Freeman hit a two-run, bases-loaded single to make it a 6-5 USC lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, center fielder Kaeo Rubin scored on a passed ball charged to Clement for the second run as WSU took the 7-6 lead.
Aaron MacKenzie (5-3) took the loss for the Cougars, allowing nine runs (six earned) in 7 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out four. Butler allowed six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Trojans, walking three and striking out three.
The series concludes tomorrow at noon. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
USC 033-000-040 - 10-9-1WSU 201-202-000 - 7-9-1
WP - Kennedy (5-2) LP - Trolia (4-3) S - Rummonds (3)Butler, Friedman (6), Wentworth (6), Williams (9) and Clement.MacKenzie, Daman Jr. (8), Sommer (9) and Reddinger.T - 3:12 ATT - 3,153
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