USC Wins Pac-10 Series With 5-2 Decision At Washington

April 21, 2007

SEATTLE - Sophomore Ryan Cook (Clovis/Clovis HS) went eight innings and gave up two runs Saturday as the USC Trojans beat the Washington Huskies, 5-2, to win the Pac-10 Conference series at Husky Ballpark. The Trojans used a four-run sixth inning to take control of the game and will look for the series sweep tomorrow.

Cook scattered eight hits and walked four, but was able to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard until the sixth inning.

Senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) earned his second save in as many days to record his 14th save of the season and the 34th of his career. He ties his season total from his 2005 sophomore season, the third-highest in school history.

Koss allowed two singles in the ninth before striking out Jake Rife, who represented the tying run, on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Senior catcher Johnny Bowden led the Trojans with three hits and one RBI on the afternoon.

USC is now 21-19 overall and 4-7 in Pac-10 Conference play while Washington is 19-18 overall, 5-6 in conference.

The Trojans scored a run in the second when Roberto Lopez scored on UW right fielder Matt Hague's throwing error. The USC defense turned key double plays in the first two innings to get Cook out of a jam and waited until the sixth with a big inning. Hector Estrella singled to score pinch runner Anthony Vasquez and a fielding error by shortstop Brian Pearl led to two more runs. Spencer Pabst capped the scoring with an RBI single.

Hague responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, but Cook recorded two consecutive groundouts to end the threat.

The series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start and will be broadcast only on

USC	010-004-000---5-11-0UW	000-002-000---2-10-2

WP - Cook (5-2) LP - Haughian (3-5) S - Koss (14)T - 3:02 ATT - 674Records: USC (21-19, 4-7), UW (19-18, 5-6)

Cook, Koss (9) and Bowden.Haughian, McKerney (6), Nichols (6) and Dunn.

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