Rabago Shuts Down No. 21 Tulane In USC's 8-5 Win

Feb. 23, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) hit a three-run double in the fourth for the go-ahead runs Friday as the USC Trojans upset the No. 21 Tulane Green Wave, 8-5, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. Freshman right-hander Hector Rabago (Riverside/Poly HS) earned his first collegiate win with 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Trojans.

Rabago allowed only one hit with two walks and five strikeouts for USC (8-6). Senior Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) threw in the ninth and earned his fifth save of the season. Koss now has 25 career saves, one behind Brian Nichols (1985-88) for second place on USC's all-time list.

Jared Dyer went 3-for-4 for Tulane (4-3), who stranded 14 runners on the evening and the bases loaded twice.

Cold and windy conditions made it difficult for both starting pitchers with neither making it to the fifth. USC's Ryan Cook allowed four runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings while Tulane's Sean Morgan gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in four innings.

Nick Buss led off the Trojan half of the first with an infield single, advanced on a grounder by Green and scored on Matt Cusick's RBI single to left. Tulane used three singles in the second to tie the game, thanks to Nate Simon's RBI hit.

Cat Everett and Warren McFadden led off the third for the Green Wave with back-to-back single. Brad Emaus then brought both home with a two-run double to the gap in left center for a 3-1 Tulane advantage. J.J. Owen cut the lead with an RBI single in the third for the Trojans, but Morgan struck out Lucas Duda to end the inning with Tulane leading, 3-2.

Everett hit an RBI double in the Tulane fourth as the Green Wave loaded the bases to knock out Cook. Rabago then entered the game and retired Tim Guidry and Aja Barto to end the threat with a 4-2 advantage for Tulane.

Robert Stock and Hector Estrella singled in the fourth for USC. After Morgan recorded the second out, Buss was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Green delivered a three-run double over the head of McFadden in right. Green then scored on a passed ball charged to Dyer as USC took the 6-4 lead.

Tulane loaded the bases again in the fifth, but Rabago again slammed the door by striking out McFadden for the third out. Estrella made it a 7-4 USC lead with an RBI single in the fifth after Duda led off with a walk against reliever Aaron Loup and Derek Perren doubled.

Duda made it 8-4 for the Trojans, leading off the seventh with a solo homer to right before the Green Wave tried to rally in the eighth. Anthony Scelfo walked to lead off the inning against Trojan reliever David Parrow. McFadden singled to put runners at first and second. After USC went to the bullpen for freshman Kevin Couture, Emaus singled to load the bases. Guidry then fouled out to right field as a run scored, cutting the Trojan lead to three runs. Barto hit a chopper down the third base line, but Estrella made a great throw just in time for the third out.

The series continues tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with the finale on Sunday (Feb. 25) at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live via video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

TU	 012-100-010---5-12-1USC	 101-410-10x---8-10-0

WP - Rabago (1-0) LP - Morgan (2-1) S - Koss (5)T - 3:28 ATT - 389Records: Tulane (4-3), USC (8-6)

Morgan, Loup (5), Goebel (8) and Dyer.Cook, Rabago (4), Parrow (8), Couture (8), Koss (9) and Stock.

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