Milone Turns In Career Performance: USC Topples No. 14 Arizona, 4-2|
May 14, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore left-hander Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) turned in his best collegiate start as a Trojan with seven scoreless innings and a career-high nine strikeouts Monday as USC earned the Pac-10 Conference series victory with a 4-2 win against the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats. The Trojans are now tied for fifth place with Oregon State and California at 8-10 in the conference with USC traveling to Berkeley next weekend for a series with the Golden Bears.
USC (25-23) handed Arizona (36-13, 11-7) its first series loss at home this season as the Wildcats are now 25-4 at home. Today's win also helps USC with its postseason chances as the Trojans possess the toughest schedule in the nation according to the latest rankings by Boyd's World.com.
Freshman Hector Rabago (Riverside/Poly HS) earned his first collegiate save for the Trojans with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Freshman shortstop Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) chipped in three hits for the Trojans.
Lucas Duda's RBI groundout in the first produced the first run for the Trojans. The Trojans loaded the bases in the fifth and scored a run when Hector Estrella hit an infield single. Duda later scored on a Daniel Schlereth wild pitch for a 3-0 advantage. USC loaded the bases again in the sixth and scored a run when Green grounded into a double play, but plated designated hitter Michael Torres for the 4-0 lead.
Arizona scored its lone runs in the eighth when Bill Rhinehart hit a two-run, two-out double to left center. After Rabago entered the game and walked Brad Glenn, the freshman pitcher teamed up with Green to pick off Rhinehart at second to end the inning. The Wildcats had another chance in the ninth after Jon Gaston led off with a triple to right. Pinch hitter Diallo Fon was hit by a Rabago pitch to put runners at the corners. Dwight Childs attempted a bunt, but Rabago made an athletic play off the mound and started the 1-6-3 double play as Gaston was unable to advance. Rabago then struck out pinch hitter Erik Castro on a full count to secure the victory.
USC returns home to face UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (May 16) at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
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