April 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Brad Boxberger struck out 11 in a complete game win to lead USC past Washington State 5-1 in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Dedeaux Field, Friday.
With the victory, USC (21-17, 10-6 Pac-10) moved a half game ahead of Washington State (19-18, 8-5 Pac-10) in the conference standings. UCLA is tied with USC for second place in the conference after defeating Oregon State, Friday while the Beavers are tied with the Cougars for fourth place.
The Trojans scored three times in the first after two outs on a double, a WSU error, and a three-run home run by Anthony Vasquez off senior Matt Way (5-4).
Three walks and a passed ball plated a USC run in the third before the Cougars tallied their only run off Boxberger (4-3) in the fourth.
The Trojans capped the scoring in the fifth on a pair of singles wrapped around a wild pitch.
The series continues, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Senior Jared Prince collected two hits and moved into sole possession of ninth place on WSU's all-time list with 227...senior Matt Way struck out a career-high 10 for the fourth time this season and took over 10th place on the Cougar career list with 196.