No. 24/21 USC Beats No. 11/16 Long Beach State, 5-4, In Wild 11-Inning Contest
May 25, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore left fielder Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) hit the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 11th Wednesday as the No. 24/21 USC Trojans defeated the No. 11/16 Long Beach State 49ers, 5-4, in a wild nonconference affair at Dedeaux Field. With the win, the Trojans swept the three-game season series against the 49ers.
The game lasted four hours and 39 minutes as both teams combined for 30 hits and stranded 29 runners on base. Three runners were thrown out at the plate and despite using eight pitchers, USC did not allow a walk. The Trojans stranded 17 runners while the 49ers put runners at first and second with no outs twice on the evening, but could not score a run.
USC improved to 35-18 on the season while Long Beach finishes the regular season with a 36-20 record.
Andy Guy (Redondo Beach/Redondo Union HS) earned his first collegiate win for USC, throwing two innings and allowed two hits with three strikeouts. Matt Fitts (0-1) took the loss for Long Beach State. Right fielder Darin Vieira drew a walk in the 11th with one out and scored on a hit-and-run play as Hankerd doubled to right on a ball that traveled to the fence.
49er starter Cody Evans went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts. USC senior Richard Aguilar made his first career start, allowing a run on four hits in two innings. Long Beach closer Neil Jamison, who has not allowed an earned run this season in 27 innings and just two walks, allowed three walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Jordan Struble's sacrifice fly to right tied the game in the second for the Dirtbags. Cusick singled in the third and runners at first and second for USC, but Hankerd was cut down at the plate on a throw from Long Beach State left fielder Danny Mocny for the third out. Sean Boatright and Troy Tulowitzki both doubled in the fifth to put the Dirtbags ahead, 2-1.
All-America catcher Jeff Clement led off the USC fifth with a walk. Estrella and Baron Frost singled to load the bases and Vieira tied it a 2-2 with an RBI single to right off reliever Donnie Hume. Hankerd attempted a suicide squeeze against Hume, but no one was covering at first as Hankerd was credited for a bunt RBI single, putting the Trojans back on top with a 3-2 score.
In the Long Beach State seventh with a runner at first, Cole Jacobsen attempted to sacrifice Boatright, but Billy Hart's fielding miscue put Jacobsen on at first. Tulowitzki singled to right, loading the bases for the Dirtbags. Evan Longoria hit a ground ball to short for a possible double play, but Estrella double clutched on the throw from Sharpe and his errant throw allowed the go-ahead run in Jacobsen to score.
Boatright went 4-for-6 for the 49ers while Jacobsen had a 3-for-5 night. Vieira went 3-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI while Blake Sharpe went 3-for-4 for the Trojans.
The Trojans tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after Vieira doubled with two outs. Hankerd hit a fly ball down the left field line which bounced off Mocny's glove. On a single from Blake Sharpe to left, Hankerd was again cut down by the plate by Mocny. Mocny had three outfield assists on the evening.
In the top of the 10th, Long Beach State had runners first and second with two outs when Boatright singled to left, but Hankerd threw a perfect strike as Clement made the tag on pinch runner Tom Sarti at the plate.
USC finishes the regular season with a Pac-10 Conference series against Stanford at Dedeaux Field. The series starts on Friday (May 27) at 7 p.m., continues on Saturday (May 28) at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday (May 29) at 1 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
LBS 010-010-200-00---4-16-3USC 100-020-100-01---5-14-2
(Note: 1 out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended)
WP-Guy (1-0) LP-Fitts (0-1)T: 4:39 ATT: 343Records: USC (35-18), LBS (36-20)
Evans, Hume (5), Anderson (5), Hammond (8), Jamison (8), Fitts (10) and Jones, Cruz (10).Aguilar, Martlaro (3), Fogel (5), Friedman (7), Koss (7), Spradlin (9), Smith (10), Guy (10) and Clement.