April 20, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State could not get on-track against USC starter Matt Chico and dropped a 15-3 decision in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Cougar starter Brandon Hundt (4-4) received the loss. The junior right-hander threw two innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs. Chico (6-3) went six innings, surrendering two hits and no runs.
WSU (14-22 overall, 2-9 in the Pac-10) managed to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to avoid a shutout. USC (23-16, 8-4) had 19 hits and remained in first place in the Pac-10 with the win.
Seven different players recorded one hit for the Cougars, led by Jamin Svendsen's RBI single that scored two runs. Bill Peavey led USC by going 3-for-3, hitting two home runs - a grand slam in the top of the first and a solo shot in the ninth - and collecting six RBI. Peavey is 8-for-8 in the series.
The Cougars got all three of their runs with a rally in the final frame. WSU had five of its seven hits in the ninth. With men on first and second, Brent Robertson sliced a single to center field to score Tyson Boston. Svendsen then singled to right center field to plate Robertson and Brandon Reddinger.
The two teams meet Sunday for the rubber match of the series. Start time at Bailey-Brayton Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
USC 622 010 301 - 15 19 1
WSU 000 000 003 - 3 7 0
Matt Chico, Brett Butler (7) and Alberto Concepcion, Nick Mosich (7).
Brandon Hundt, Nick Kenyon (3), Zach Fisher (7), Marshall Hendon (8), Josh Bartlome (9) and Jon Baeder, Brandon Reddinger (5).
W - Chico (6-3). L - Hundt (4-4). Save - None. HR - Metropoulos, Peavey 2 (9).
T - 2:52. A - 519.
USC Hits - Barre 2, Moon 3, Metropoulos, Peavey 3, Concepcion 4, Lunetta, Mosich, Gordon, McAndrews, Brewster, McCauley.
WSU Hits - Andrusco, Hart, Falkenborg, Boston, Reddinger, Robertson, Svendsen.
E - Lunetta. 2B - Moon, Lunetta. 3B - Concepcion.