No. 13 Arizona State Wins In The Ninth, 8-7, Over No. 20 USC

April 15, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. --- Colin Curtis chopped a single into right field in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the No. 20 USC Trojans, 8-7, to win the Pac-10 Conference series. All three games of the series were decided by one run.

Curtis finished with a 4-for-6 day with three RBI while Eric Sogard hit two home runs, going 3-for-5 with four RBI.

Arizona State (26-11) is now a half game back of first place USC (22-16) in the Pac-10 standings. USC is 8-4 in conference while ASU is 6-3. Oregon State is 5-3 and will play Stanford on Sunday after rain postponed today's game.

Josh Satow improved to 2-0 on the season, shutting down the Trojans with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Satow allowed just two hits as USC grounded into five double plays on the afternoon. Shawn Olsen (4-3) took the loss despite allowing just one run in three innings.

Matt Cusick and Cyle Hankerd had three hits each for the Trojans. USC took the 7-5 lead in the sixth before Curtis hit an RBI double to left center and scored on a wild pitch by reliever John Dunn.

Olsen walked Joe Persichina to lead off the ninth and moved to second on a sacrifice. J.J. Sferra was intentionally walked, but a wild pitch moved Persichina to third. Willy Fox walked and the Trojans brought in Darin Vieira from center field for a five-infielder set before Curtis chopped a ball over the head of first baseman Lucas Duda for the game-winner.

USC travels to UC Irvine on Tuesday (April 18) for a 6 p.m. game before hosting Washington at Dedeaux Field, Friday through Sunday (April 21-23). All four games will be broadcast live on, with live video available for the Washington series.

USC	031-003-000---7-9-0ASU	200-302-001---8-16-0

WP - Satow (2-0) LP - Olsen (4-3)T - 3:40 ATT - 3,317Records: USC (22-16, 8-4), ASU (27-11, 6-3)

Milone, Dunn (6), Olsen (6) and Bowden.Davis, Martinez (5), Bruneel (6), Satow (6) and Paramore.

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