No. 25 Wichita State Rallies For 10-8 Series Sweep Against USC
May 21, 2006
WICHITA, Kansas - Brandon Hall's two-run, bases-loaded single capped a three-run eighth inning Sunday as the No. 25 Wichita State Shockers defeated the USC Trojans, 10-8, to earn the non conference series sweep. The Trojans scored five times in the first before the host Shockers chipped away for the eventual win.
Paul Koss (0-7) took the hard-luck loss for USC (25-29), but not without controversy. In the crucial eighth inning, Wichita State (43-18) loaded the bases down by a run with no outs off Koss. He then struck out Tyler Hill and Derek Schermerhorn before facing Brian Spear, who hit a two-run homer off Koss the inning before. In a 10-pitch at-bat, Koss threw a full-count pitch that was called a ball to tie the game at eight. Hall then hit Koss's first pitch into left for the game-winner.
USC must now win all four games next week in order to be considered for post-season play.
Koss went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits. Anthony Capra (2-2) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory while Noah Krol earned his second save in as many days and fourth overall.
Baron Frost led the Trojans with a 3-for-5 day and stole home in the fifth for the Trojans' seventh run of the contest. It was the first time a Trojan had stolen home since Michael Moon did it on Feb. 14, 2003, against South Alabama.
Matt Brown went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Shockers while Spear had three RBI on the afternoon.
USC plays its first home game in almost a month on Tuesday (May 23) with a 6 p.m. non conference game against Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans then conclude the regular season with a Pac-10 Conference series against Arizona, Friday-Sunday, at Dedeaux Field. All four games will be broadcast live, along with live video and Gametracker stats, on usctrojans.com.
USC 510-010-100---8-11-3WSU 102-020-23x---10-15-1
WP - Capra (2-2) LP - Koss (0-7) S - Krol (4)T - 3:38 ATT - 4206Records: USC (25-29), WSU (43-18)
Cook, Koss (5) and Salinas.Johnson, Touchatt (2), Nanney (6), Capra (7), Krol (9) and Hall.