USC Goes Yard In 7-4 Win At No. 23 UCLA
April 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) went 4-for-4 with one RBI while junior right-hander Ryan Cook (Clovis/Clovis HS) went eight innings as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 23 UCLA Bruins, 7-4, in a Pac-10 Conference game. Cook allowed three runs in the fourth, but did not allow a hit in the following four innings.
USC improved to 15-14 overall and evened its Pac-10 record at 4-4 while UCLA fell to 13-12 overall, 2-3 in conference. The Trojans hit four home runs in today's game.
Sophomore catcher/pitcher Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) pitched for the third time in the last four games, recording two strikeouts in the ninth for his second save this week.
UCLA starter Charles Brewer (3-3) went four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Green led off the USC fourth with his second home run of the season, hitting a solo shot to left. The Trojans then caught a break on a fluke play. Derek Perren hit a pop up to short and as Bruin shortstop Brandon Crawford was ready to make the catch, his glove was knocked out of his hand by the umpire who was running towards second base. With no glove, Crawford was unable to make the catch and the play stood as Perren was credited with a base hit. After Brewer walked Stock to put runners at first and second, Mike Roskopf and Hector Rabago hit back-to-back RBI singles for the 3-0 USC lead.
UCLA responded with three in the bottom half of the inning. Alden Carrithers led off with his second homer of the year with the shot to right. Crawford singled to center and moved to second on a balk called against Cook. Tim Murphy doubled down the right field and later scored on Ryan Babineau's RBI single to tie the game.
Anthony Vasquez gave the momentum back to USC, leading off the fifth with a solo shot to right center to knock out Brewer. Grant Green greeted reliever Matt Drummond with a single before Roberto Lopez launched his second homer of the season with a two-run shot to left and a 6-3 Trojans lead.
Nick Buss added his third homer of the season with a solo shot in the eighth. UCLA put runners at first and second in the ninth before Stock entered the game. He struck out Murphy for the first out and a potential wild pitch caught pinch runner Blair Dunlap off first as the Trojans ran him down for the second out. Stock's wild pitch scored Crawford from third, but he came back to strike out Babineau to close out the win.
The series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. game, which will be broadcast (audio only) on usctrojans.com.
Notes: With four home runs today, USC now has 27 home runs on the season (two more than all of last season)...Robert Stock has not allowed a run in 7 2/3 innings this season...Stock has allowed just three hits with no walks, 15 strikeouts and a .115 OBA...Ryan Cook has thrown seven innings or more in his three Pac-10 Conference starts this season...USC has now won two Pac-10 Conference series this season, both against Top 25 teams (No. 2 Arizona and No. 23 UCLA)...the Trojans' current four-game winning streak matches their longest of the season.
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