No. 19 Notre Dame Defeats USC, 3-1, At Public Storage Baseball Classic
Feb. 21, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Starter Tom Thornton allowed only one unearned run and four hits in six innings of work Saturday as the No. 19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the USC Trojans, 3-1, in game four of the 2004 USC/Public Storage Baseball Classic at Dedeaux Field. The game was shortened to seven innings due to rain and muddy field conditions.
Notre Dame is now 2-0 on the season while USC falls to 2-4.
Ryan Doherty threw an inning of relief to earn his first save of the season for the Fighting Irish.
In the bottom of the second, Notre Dame scored first when USC pitcher Bobby Paschal's throw to the plate with the bases loaded bounced and allowed Cody Rizzo to score. Matt Macri's RBI double in the fifth made it a 2-0 lead for Notre Dame.
For the Trojans in the top of the sixth (USC is the visiting team for all three games of this weekend's tournament), Blake Sharpe hit a bases-loaded single to right to score Michael Moon. Joey Metropoulos, the possible tying run, was thrown out at the plate by Rizzo to end the inning. USC had another opportunity to score in the seventh with two outs and runners at second and third, but Jon Brewster grounded to short to end the game.
All four runs in the game were unearned.
The USC/Public Storage Baseball Classic will continue tomorrow, weather permitting, with Notre Dame and Louisville playing at 9:30 a.m. The final game between USC and San Diego State will start at 2 p.m. The USC game will be broadcast live with Gametracker live stats available for both games at usctrojans.com.
USC 000-001-0 - 1-4-3 ND 010-011-x - 3-7-1
WP - Thornton (1-0) LP - Paschal (1-1) Paschal, Williams (5) and Frost. Thornton, Doherty (7) and Sanchez. T - 2:19 ATT - 492
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