USC Splits Doubleheader With 3-2 Win In 12 Innings At Stanford
April 1, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. --- Redshirt freshman reliever John Dunn (Torrance/West HS) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win Saturday as the USC Trojans split a Pac-10 Conference doubleheader in the 3-2 win in 12 innings against the host Stanford Cardinal. Stanford won the first game, 9-7, after being down by five runs.
Dunn (3-1) held the Cardinal off the scoreboard despite the bases loaded in the 11th and 12th innings. He allowed two hits with two walks and one strikeout. Nolan Gallagher (2-2) took the loss despite 6 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with six walks and four strikeouts.
USC improved to 16-13 overall, 3-2 in conference while Stanford fell to 13-10 on the season and 2-3 in Pac-10 play.
The Trojans scored the game-winner in the 12th on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Josh Fogel (Saugus/Saugus HS) with the bases loaded. Cyle Hankerd led off the inning with a long fly ball that right fielder Michael Taylor misplayed, bouncing off his glove for a two-base error. A sacrifice and two intentional walks loaded the bases for the Trojans and with an 0-2 count against him, Fogel bounced a ground ball to short where Chris Minaker retired Daniel Perales at third with Hankerd scoring the game-winner.
Minaker walked in the 12th with one out and Taylor made up for his error with a double to center, sending Minaker to third. John Hester was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dunn got pinch hitter Austin Yount to pop up to shallow right and Chris Lewis to end the game with a ground ball to second as USC earned the split.
Trojan freshman Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) had the longest start of his young career, throwing eight innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Baron Frost opened the scoring with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Blake Sharpe from second as the Trojans held a 1-0 lead in the first. Stanford answered in the bottom half with two runs on RBI doubles by Minaker and Hester.
Hector Estrella tied the game in the fourth with an RBI double to right center to score Lucas Duda from third. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Milone hit Ryan Seawell with a pitch and a single by Jim Rapoport put runners at the corners. Minaker was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Milone got Taylor to ground out for the third out.
In the Cardinal eighth, Taylor hit a one-out double to left and advanced to third on a single by Hester. Milone came up big again, getting Randy Molina to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
Stanford missed an opportunity in the 11th against Dunn. Molina singled to right and was replaced by pinch runner Jeff Whitlow. Lewis hit a ground ball to short, but Estrella's throw to second was wide and the error put runners at first and second with one out. A groundout by Jason Castro advanced the runners and Cord Phelps was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dunn fell behind on the count, 3-1, to Seawell, but rallied back and struck him out on a full count pitch.
The series is expected to finish with a 1 p.m. game tomorrow although heavy rains are expected in the Bay Area over the next two days. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, weather permitting.
Game TwoUSC 100-100-000-001---3-11-1STAN 200-000-000-000---2-12-1
WP - Dunn (3-1) LP - Gallagher (2-2)T - 3:55 ATT - 1,956 (doubleheader)Records: USC (16-13, 3-2), Stanford (13-10, 2-3)
Milone, Koss (9), Parrow (9), Dunn (10) and Bowden, Salinas (9).Stringer, Gallagher (6) and Hester.