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.
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).