Milone And Cook Shut Out Bethune-Cookman, 2-0, In USC's Home Opener

Feb. 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Junior left-hander Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) threw eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts Friday as the USC Trojans shut out the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 2-0, at Dedeaux Field. It was USC's home opener and the first game for both teams in the MLB Urban Invitational.

Milone (1-0) did not allow a runner past second base and retired the final 13 batters he faced for USC (4-2). Junior Ryan Cook (Clovis/Clovis HS) made his first career relief appearance and threw a perfect ninth to pick up his first save as a Trojan.

USC broke the scoreless tie with both runs in the eighth. Anthony Vasquez doubled down the right field line and scored on an RBI single by senior Roberto Lopez. After Lopez stole second and reached third on a wild pitch, he scored on pinch hitter Keith Castillo's RBI single to left.

Concepcion Guzman (0-1) took the loss for Bethune-Cookman (2-2) after relieving starter Hiram Burgos, who threw seven scoreless innings. Burgos allowed just three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

USC plays Southern tomorrow night at the MLB Urban Academy in Compton. The game will be the second half of the doubleheader, preceded by UCLA against Bethune-Cookman. USC and Southern will start at 8 p.m. with both games broadcast live on ESPN2. A live audio link will be available on

Notes: Hector Rabago had his hitting streak stopped at five games, going 0-for-3 on the evening...USC recorded its first shutout at Dedeaux Field since a 12-0 win against Florida International on Feb. 10, 2006.

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WP - Milone (1-0) LP - Guzman (0-1) S - Cook (1)T - 2:24 ATT - 403Records: BCU (2-2), USC (4-2)

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