No. 3 Trojan Baseball Falls to No. 4 Arizona, 3-2
Feb. 22, 1998
LOS ANGELES - Junior pinch-hitter Russ Brown's RBI double in the top of the ninth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the No. 4 Arizona baseball team to a 3-2 victory over No. 3 USC at Dedeaux Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Trojans, who had won the first two games of this three-game series, saw their seven-game winning streak end and fell to 10-3 overall, 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division. Arizona improved to 17-2, 1-2.
With one out in the top of the ninth, junior C Greg Clark doubled to right field and junior pinch-hitter Rob Shabansky lined a single to left field, moving Clark to third. Brown then knocked a double down the right- field line to plate Clark.
That gave junior LHP James Johnson (3-0) the win, as he went eight innings, allowing four hits, two runs and one walk to go with eight strikeouts. Junior LHP Ryan Moskau pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save of the season.
USC reliever Jack Krawczyk (0-1) went the final 1 2/3 innings and took the loss. Junior LHP Jason Saenz, who started for USC, went 6 2/3 innings and gave up four hits, four walks and two runs while striking out five.
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when junior DH Jason Lane's groundout scored senior 3B Morgan Ensberg, who had walked to lead off the inning.
The Wildcats came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Freshman DH Josh France and senior 2B Erik Mattern singled and freshman SS Keoni DeRenne doubled them home.
USC tied the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the sixth when freshman SS Seth Davidson led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by senior 2B Wes Rachels and scored on an RBI fielder's choice by senior pinch-hitter Jeff DePippo.
The Trojans next travel to Pepperdine on Tuesday (Feb. 24) for a 2 p.m. game. The Wildcats next play Southern Utah on Feb. 24 and 25 in Tucson at 3 p.m.
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Johnson, Moskau (9) and Clark.