Blake Sharpe Gets 4-for-4 Valentine In 6-4 Win For USC|
Feb. 14, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore shortstop Blake Sharpe (Moorpark/L.A. Pierce College) went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Saturday as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 9 Long Beach State 49ers, 6-4, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. Sophomore Bobby Paschal (Northridge/Chaminade HS) earned the win for the Trojans with six innings of work, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts to even the series.
USC (1-1) celebrated former head coach Rod Dedeaux's 90th birthday with a pregame ceremony that seemed to jump start the Trojans' offense after getting only two hits Friday against Long Beach State's Jered Weaver.
Senior Jon Brewster doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, followed by RBI singles by senior Michael Moon and Sharpe. Sharpe advanced to second on the throw and later stole third. With two outs and a 1-2 count on him, freshman Daniel Perales (Orange/Mater Dei HS) pushed a drag bunt down the first base line and reached safely to score Sharpe for an early 3-0 lead.
After both teams traded a run in the third, Long Beach State (3-2) closed the gap with two runs in the seventh. With the bases loaded, reliever Clayton Wentworth punched out first baseman Mike Hofius on a called third strike to end the threat.
USC first baseman Joey Metropoulos was hit by a pitch, followed by Sharpe's first home run of the season with a two-run, opposite-field homer to right field for a 6-3 lead.
Once again in the top of the eighth, the 49ers loaded the bases. Trojan reliever Josh Rummonds, who suffered the loss in Friday's game, rallied with another called third strike to end the inning. Rummonds got Danny Mocny to ground out into a game-ending double play in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Dedeaux Field capacity crowd of 2,501 witnessed a special ceremony before the game. The speakers for the event included Hall of Fame pitcher and member of the 1965 USC squad Tom Seaver, Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda and legendary Dodgers' play-by-play announcer Vin Scully. Former Trojan and Minnesota Twins' shortstop Roy Smalley and former Dodgers' owner Peter O'Malley were also in attendance.
The rubber game of the series will be tomorrow at Blair Field with a 1 p.m. start. The game can be heard live on usctrojans.com.
LBS 001-000-210 - 4-11-2 USC 301-000-20x - 6-13-1
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