USC Earns Series Split With Cal State Northridge, 8-2

May 11, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Ryan Cook (Clovis/Clovis HS) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday as the USC Trojans beat the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 8-2, to split the two-game series at Dedeaux Field.

Cook scattered eight hits and struck out six while walking three batters to improve to 6-4 on the season.

Anthony Vasquez recorded three RBI for the Trojans (23-26) while Nick Buss, Roberto Lopez and Grant Green had two hits each in the winning effort.

Richard Cates hit a two-out double in the first for Cal State Northridge (22-26), scoring on Dominic D'Anna's RBI single. John Parham later made it a 2-0 lead on an RBI single to right, but Cook kept the Matadors off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

Buss led off the bottom half of the first with a double. Green walked to put runners at the corners and another walk to Keith Castillo loaded the bases for Vasquez, who delivered a two-run single up the middle.

After the Trojans scored a run in the second, they broke the game open with four runs in the fifth. Four consecutive hits by the top of the order set the tone as Vasquez's RBI groundout capped the scoring.

USC travels to UC Riverside on Wednesday (May 14) for a 5 p.m. game before playing its final home series against Oregon State next weekend (May 16-18). The series with the two-time defending national champions begins on Friday at 7 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. start on Sunday. All four games will be broadcast live on with a video webcast for the Oregon State series, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.

CSUN	 200-000-000---2-8-0USC	 210-041-00x---8-11-0

WP - Cook (6-4) LP - Juarez (3-3)T - 2:47 ATT - 323Records: CSUN (22-26), USC (23-26)

Juarez, Billings (5), Mendez (6), Haderlein (8) and Parham.Cook, Urso (7), Grijalva (8), Dedeaux and Stock.

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