No. 2 Baseball Splits Doubleheader with No.1 Stanford
April 5, 1998
LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 USC baseball team hit three home runs in a 7-4 victory over No. 1 Stanford in the second game of a doubleheader to salvage a split at Dedeaux Field in Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division play. The Cardinal, behind the pitching of junior RHP Chad Hutchinson, won the first game, 7-6.
The Trojans, who snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Cardinal with the win in the finale of the three-game series, are now 28-8 overall and 14-4 in the Six-Pac. The Cardinal is 27-5-1, 12-3. The Cardinal won the first game on Friday night, 1-0.
In game two, senior LF Jeremy Freitas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to give USC a 2-0 lead. In the third, junior 1B Robb Gorr also blasted a two-run home run and junior RF Dominic Correa had a two-run single to make it 6-0.
Stanford closed to within 6-3 in the top of the fifth as senior SS Jay Pecci walked with the bases loaded and junior CF Jody Gerut had a two-RBI single. But USC junior DH/LHP Jason Lane, who earned the victory in relief, hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the frame to give the Trojans a four-run lead, 7-3.
Stanford closed the scoring in the top of the sixth when junior 3B Josh Hochgesang hit a solo home run.
Lane (4-0) went 3 2/3 innings in relief and gave up just one run on three hits. Senior RHP Jack Krawczyk, the Pac-10's career save leader, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save of the season and the 40th of his career.
In the first game, Hutchinson (6-2) gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 8 1/3 innings to get the victory. Freshman RHP Justin Wayne earned his fourth save.
The game was tied, 3-3, until the top of the sixth when Hochgesang led off with a home run. In the top of the seventh, the Cardinal scored three more runs, one on an RBI single by Hochgesang, to make it 7-3.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth, when Gorr crushed a three-run home run to right-center field to pull the Trojans within one run. The next batter walked, but Wayne got the final hitter to fly out.
USC hosts Hawaii Hilo on Monday (April 6) at 7 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.
STAN 201-001-300 --- 7-11-1
USC 003-000-003 --- 6-10-1
Hutchinson, Wayne (9) and Salter.
Penney, Lane (7), Immel (7) and Munson.
WP -- Hutchinson (6-2) LP -- Penney (5-2) SV -- Wayne (4)
HR: USC -- Gorr (4); STAN -- Hochgesang (5).
STAN 000-031-000 --- 4-8-0
USC 024-010-00x --- 7-9-0
Currier, Lane (5), Krawczyk (9) and Munson.
Hoard, Wayne (4), Coose (8) and Alvarado.
WP -- Lane (4-0) LP -- Hoard (2-2) SV -- Krawczyk (14)
HR: USC -- Gorr (5), Lane (8), Freitas (10); STAN -- Hochgesang (6).