No. 1 Stanford Defeats USC, 8-2, To Win Pac-10 Series

May 23, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - Jonny Ash went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI Sunday as the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans, 8-2, in Pac-10 Conference action at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal held a 6-0 lead after six innings and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.

Stanford improves to 42-11 on the season as the Cardinal go to 14-7 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal moves back into first place by a half-game after UCLA defeated Washington, 4-3, earlier today in Seattle. The Trojans fall to 23-30 overall and 9-12 in conference.

Stanford scored four runs in the second, thanks to a two-run double by shortstop Chris Minaker and a two-run triple by Ash. Ash added RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings.

Starter Matt Leva (5-1) threw four no-hit innings for the Cardinal. Josh Rummonds (2-4) took the loss for the Trojans, allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts.

Garrett Gipe broke the shutout in the seventh for USC with an RBI groundout, scoring Baron Frost. Michael Moon singled and scored on a double by Jon Brewster.

The Trojans will finish the 2004 regular season next weekend at Dedeaux Field against Arizona. The Pac-10 Conference series will start on Friday (May 28) at 7 p.m. and continue on Saturday (May 29) at 2 p.m. and Sunday (May 30) at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard live, along with Gametracker live stats, at usctrojans.com.

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