No. 9 Long Beach State Rallies For 6-2 Win Against USC
Feb. 15, 2004
LONG BEACH - Pitcher/designated hitter Jason Vargas allowed only one hit in eight innings Saturday and went 2-for-3 at the plate as the No. 9 Long Beach State 49ers defeated the USC Trojans, 6-2, in nonconference action at Blair Field. Vargas struck out nine batters and allowed only one walk as the 49ers earned the series win.
Long Beach State (4-2) struck out 32 batters in the three-game series as USC fell to 1-2 in its first action of the 2004 season.
Right fielder Josh Buhagiar tripled to left center and scored on Davis' groundout in the eighth. After an intentional walk by reliever Austin Miller and a hit batter loaded the bases, Steve Velazco broke the game open with a three-run double to left.
Junior Joey Metropoulos delivered a line-drive two-run homer in the first for a 2-0 USC lead before Vargas settled down by retiring 22 of the next 24 batters.
Vargas, who hit in the number three spot of the 49ers' lineup, helped his cause in the fourth when he singled and scored on a two-out RBI double by first baseman Mike Hofius. In the sixth, center fielder Travis Udvarhelyi walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Buhagiar. After Vargas struck out, catcher Davis delivered an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
USC starter Jon Williams, who missed most of last year with an injured right elbow, was effective in his first start of the season with 6 1/3 innings of work (4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 SO).
The Trojans return to action on Tuesday (Feb. 17) with a nonconference game at UC Riverside. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
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