March 17, 2001
SEATTLE - USC ace Mark Prior struck out a career-high 14 batters in a two-hit complete game to lead the 10th-ranked Trojans to a 5-1 win over the Washington baseball team Saturday at Husky Ballpark in both team's Pac-10 Conference opener.
Prior, considered by many the top prospect in the nation, improved to 5-1 with the victory. The one run he allowed was unearned, and with no walks on the day, he now has 80 strikeouts and only six walks in 50 and two-thirds innings this season. Last weekend at Stanford, Prior tied his old career high for strikeouts when he fanned 13 Cardinal batters.
Washington (0-1 Pac-10, 9-4 overall) opened the scoring in the fourth. Brandon Jacobson led off the inning by reaching on catcher's interference. After two outs, he moved to third on a single from Jay Garthwaite and scored on a wild pitch from Prior. The only other Husky hit of the contest came when Tyler Davidson led off the fifth with a single.
USC (1-0, 15-8) didn't trail for long. In the fifth, Husky starter Tyler Shepple walked the first two men and then gave up and RBI single to Josh Percell and a sacrifice fly to Bill Peavey as the Trojans took a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, run-scoring singles from Michael Moon and Jon Brewster plated two more runs for the visitors and Peavey capped the scoring with a solo homer in the ninth, his second of the year.
Shepple, a sophomore right-hander, fell to 0-2 with the loss. He gave up four runs on six hits in six and one-third innings.
The Huskies and Trojans continue the three-game series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game before closing it out on Monday, also a 1:00 p.m. start. Sunday's game will air live on KSRB AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game #10 USC 5, Washington 1 USC 000 020 201 -- 5 9 3 Washington 000 100 000 -- 1 2 0 Mark Prior and Alberto Concepcion. Tyler Shepple, Mike Bomar (7) and Jefferson Thiel. W - Prior (5-1). L - Shepple (0-2). 2B - USC, Jon Brewster. HR - USC, Bill Peavey (2). T - 2:29. A - 532.