May 24, 2003
SEATTLE - Right-hander Jeff Petersen held USC to only one unearned run over seven innings as the Washington baseball team beat the Trojans, 5-1, Saturday at Husky Ballpark in the second game of a three-game Pac-10 series.
Washington (39-16 overall) improved its Pac-10 record to 14-9 and ensured its sixth straight series in win Pac-10 play after having beaten USC 26-2 on Friday. The Huskies took over sole possession of third place in the conference, a half game back of second-place Arizona State and a half game ahead of Arizona. The Devils and Wildcats play Saturday night.
USC fell to 28-27 overall and 11-12 in the conference. It's unlikely that, even with a win Sunday, the Trojans will get an NCAA tournament berth as they cannot finish over .500 in the Pac-10.
Petersen (6-5) went seven innings for the win. The junior allowed only five hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out three. Closer Will Fenton, still yet to allow a run in 29 innings this year, came on to pitch the final two innings for his Pac-10-leading ninth save of the season.
The Trojans took advantage of a UW error in the second to score the game's first run and take a 1- 0 lead. Travis McAndrews got it started with a single. After a flyout, Spencer Gordon bounced into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson's flip to second flew high and the runners ended up at second and third. Darin Vieira followed with a groundout to drive in McAndrews to give USC its 1-0 lead.
Washington trailed by that 1-0 tally until the fourth, when junior right fielder Mike Wagner led off the inning with his 15th home run of the season. After a pair of strikeouts, a double from shortstop Tila Reynolds got the Huskies going again. Third baseman John Otness followed with a triple to straightaway center and the UW took a 2-1 lead.
The UW increased its lead to 3-1 in the sixth as first baseman Kyle Larsen doubled down the right- field line and and then scored on a single from left fielder Chad Boudon. A one-out, bases-loaded single from Boudon in the eighth padded the Huskies' lead to 5-1. Boudon finished the day 2-for- 3 with three runs batted in.
Trojans ace Anthony Reyes (2-4), who has spent much of the year out with an injury, suffered the loss. The senior right-hander threw seven and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits while striking out nine.
The Huskies and Trojans close out the regular season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. The USC radio broadcast of the game can be heard over the internet via a link from gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Washington 5, USC 1 USC 010 000 000 -- 1 5 0 Washington 000 201 02x -- 5 10 2 Anthony Reyes, Bret Butler (8) and Jeff Clement. Jeff Petersen, Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Petersen (6-5). L - Reyes (2-4). Sv - Fenton (9). 2B - UW, Tila Reynolds, Kyle Larsen. 3B - UW, John Otness. HR - UW, Mike Wagner (15). T - 2:10. A - 707. Records: USC, 28-27, 11-12 Pac-10; UW 39-16, 14-9 Pac-10.