USC Hangs On For 10-9 Win At No. 5 Stanford
April 27, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior first baseman Derek Perren (Chatsworth/Granada Hills HS/L.A. Pierce College) went 2-for-3 with a home run and career-high five RBI Sunday as the USC Trojans held on for the 10-9 win over the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal to salvage a win in the Pac-10 Conference series.
USC (20-22, 7-8) snapped a six-game losing streak both on the season and in the all-time series against Stanford (25-13-2, 10-5). Ryan Cook (5-3) threw seven key innings for the Trojans, allowing six runs and eight hits, as he never relinquished the lead in the game. Robert Stock relieved Anthony Vasquez in the ninth to retire pinch hitter Brent Milleville for his third save with the tying run at third for the Cardinal.
The Trojans struck early in the first when Perren hit his fifth home run with a two-run shot to right center for a 2-0 lead. Senior designated hitter Mike Roskopf made it a three-run advantage as he led off the second with a solo shot to left center, his eighth on the year.
Sean Ratliff hammered an RBI triple to center in the Stanford second and later scored on Austin Yount's sacrifice fly as the Cardinal cut the deficit, 3-2.
An error by Stanford third baseman Zach Jones led to four unearned runs for the Trojans in the fourth. Perren cleared the bases with a three-run double to right, but the Cardinal responded with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth when Jason Castro hit his ninth of the season with a two-run homer to right.
With a 7-5 lead, sophomore Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with a solo shot to left for the Trojans. Jake Schlander singled and Cord Phelps walked to lead off the Stanford half of the seventh, but Cook induced a key double play from Brendan Domaracki as Schlander moved to third. Joey August brought home Schlander with a single to right with USC still leading, 8-6.
After Vasquez entered as a pitcher in the eighth, he hit a two-run double in the ninth which would prove important for the Trojans. Vasquez recorded the first two outs of the inning, but four consecutive singles produced three runs for the Cardinal. Stock entered the game and threw a wild pitch that allowed pinch hitter Wande Olabisi to go from first to third. Milleville hit a soft chopper on the third base side as Stock came off the mound and fired a strike to Perren at first to finish the win.
USC travels to Cal Poly on Tuesday (April 29) for a 6 p.m. game before resuming Pac-10 Conference play at home against Washington. The series with the Huskies begins on Friday (May 2) at 7 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday (May 3) and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday (May 4). All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with the Washington series on a video webcast, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
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