Ryan Cook Shuts Down Stanford In USC's 6-1 Win

April 2, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. --- Freshman Ryan Cook allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings Sunday as the USC Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 6-1, in Pac-10 Conference action at Sunken Diamond. Cook, in his longest stint this season, allowed just four hits with three walks and five strikeouts as the Trojans moved into first place in the Pac-10 with California. USC hosts Cal next weekend, Friday through Sunday (April 7-9), at Dedeaux Field.

USC improves to 17-13 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 play while Stanford fell to 13-11 on the season, 2-4 in conference.

Matt Cusick went 3-for-4 for the Trojans with two RBI while Hector Estrella was 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI in front of a crowd of 1,718 that included New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

The Cardinal put runners on at first and second to lead off the bottom half of the second. Cook picked off Michael Taylor at second, followed by a spectacular play by Trojan right fielder Darin Vieira. John Hester drove a long fly ball to the gap in right center, but Vieira made a diving grab at the warning track and easily doubled up Randy Molina, who was rounding third, at first base.

The Trojans kept the momentum going with two runs in the top of the third. Estrella led off with a double to right, moved to third on a sacrifice by Johnny Bowden and scored on an RBI single to left by Cusick. Blake Sharpe used a hit-and-run single to move Cusick to third and left fielder Cyle Hankerd lifted a sacrifice RBI fly ball to right, plating Cusick.

Estrella made it a 3-0 lead with his second double of the game, scoring Baron Frost in the fourth. USC loaded the bases in the sixth, but Vieira was doubled up at the plate on a strike from Taylor after Bowden's shallow fly ball to right. Jason Castro doubled to lead off the sixth, followed by a Chris Lewis single. Castro scored the Cardinal's first run after Cord Phelps grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

In the top of the eighth, the Trojans loaded the bases and scored three times on RBI singles from pinch hitter Josh Fogel and Cusick. Sharpe was hit by a 1-0 pitch from reliever Austin Yount to score the final run.

USC hosts UC Santa Barbara in nonconference action on Tuesday (April 4) at 6 p.m. Game times for the Cal series are 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All four games will be broadcast live, along with live video, on usctrojans.com.

USC	002-100-030---6-11-0STAN	000-001-000---1-4-1

WP - Cook (3-3) LP - Manship (1-3)T - 2:32 ATT - 1,718Records: USC (17-13, 4-2), Stanford (13-11, 2-4)

Cook, Parrow (9) and Bowden, Salinas (8).Manship, Ratliff (7), Davis (8), Yount (8) and Hester.

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