Baseball Continues Streak
March 21, 1998
TUCSON, Ariz.---Rod Perry's two-run triple past a diving Jason Shroyer in center field capped a four-run, eighth-inning rally leading No. 3 Southern California to a 7-6 victory over fifth-ranked Arizona here Saturday afternoon.
The win, USC's 15th straight at Sancet Field, improved the Six-Pac-leading Trojans to 22-5 and 9-2 in league play. Arizona fell to 25-9 and 7-7 with their fourth consecutive loss.
The Cats had jumped to a 6-3 lead after seven innings thanks to four home runs, two by senior right fielder Colin Porter, who has four homers in the series thus far. Freshman designated hitter Josh France and sophomore third baseman Mike Meyer, both in the lineup due to other players' illnesses, also homered. For Meyer, it was the first of his career.
Sophomore catcher Eric Munson homered for the second straight day for USC, while senior third baseman Morgan Ensberg collected three hits.
Steve Immel (2-0) collected the win in relief with 1.2 innings of shutout work. Ryan Moskau (4-2) took the loss, though three of the four runs he allowed were unearned. Jack Krawczyk picked up his second save of the series and his league-leading 11th of the year.
Home plate umpire Bill Sykes left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in mask with a foul tip.
The two teams will conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sancet Field.
#3 USC 000 102 040 - 7 12 0 #5 Arizona 001 310 100 - 6 9 2
Penney, Saenz (7), Immel (7), Krawczyk (9) and Munson; Johnson, Moskau (7) and Mohler. W- Immel, 2-0. L-Moskau, 4-2. Sv-Krawczyk (11). HRs-USC, Munson (10); UA, Porter 2 (11), France (3), Meyer (1).