No. 24 USC Downs Cougars 15-3
May 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Brady Everett went 2-for-4, including a double and home run, while plating two Cougars, but the Washington State baseball team needed more than that as it fell to No. 24 USC 15-3 in the middle game of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon.
WSU (20-31, 0-17) starting pitcher Jimmy Freeman (7-6) took the loss after allowing five runs, all earned, and two hits, while walking two Trojans before recording an out. Eric Dingwall was the only Cougar pitcher to hold USC scoreless, pitching the final inning for the Cougars allowing no hits or runs.
USC (31-15, 11-6 Pac-10) middle reliever Anthony Encinas (5-3) earned the win after allowing just one run, which was earned, and three hits, while striking out six Cougars over 5.0 innings of work. Jon Williams and Steve Martlaro combined to keep WSU scoreless over the final three innings of the game, allowing just one hit.
The Cougars took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first, but couldn't hold on as the Trojans scored eight runs in their half of the inning. WSU's Jason Freeman singled to reach base and after reaching third on a throwing error and a failed pickoff attempt, scored when Jay Miller grounded out to short. Brady Everett then hit his team-leading 14th home run of the season to give WSU a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans took a 8-2 lead in the first using five hits, five walks and a hit by pitch to Blake Sharpe to lead off the inning. Following a single and a base on balls Cyle Hankerd hit a two-run double to score Sharpe and Jeff Clement to tie the game 2-2. One walk later, Matt Cusick singled to score two more runs and take the lead for good. Two outs later, the Trojans used two singles and two base on balls to score the remaining four runs of the inning.
USC added two more runs in the second using four consecutive singles to take a 10-2 lead.
WSU scored its final run of the game in the third when Everett hit his 11th double of the season to plate Scott Suttmeier, who walked to reach base. The run marked the 60th RBI of the season for Everett.
The Trojans posted single runs in the fourth and seventh innings and three in the sixth for the 15-3 victory. Clement doubled to score Sharpe, who reached base with a single, in the fourth. In the sixth inning Sharpe, who went 4-for-4 in the game, hit a three-run home run to give USC a 14-1 lead. Following a fielding error and two singles in the seventh, Sharpe drove home his fifth run of the game with a single to center field to end USC's scoring.
WSU will play the Trojans for the series finale at noon Sunday.
WSU 201 000 000 - 3 6 1 USC 820 103 10X - 15 18 1 James Freeman, Travis Webb (1), Matt Oye (4), Eric Dingwall (8) and Brady Everett, Zach Franklin (8). Brett Bannister, Anthony Encinas (2), Jon Williams (7), Steve Martlaro (9) and Jeff Clement. W - Encinas (5-3). L - Freeman (7-6). Save - None. HR - Everett (14); Sharpe (3). T - 2:51. A - 752. WSU Hits - Freeman, Jas., Miller, Ja., Everett 2, McAngus, Kimbrel. USC Hits - Sharpe 4, Clement 2, Hankerd 3, Cusick 2, Estrella, Vieira 2, Lopez 3, Kalter. E - Suttmeier; Bannister. 2B - Everett (10), Kibrel (3); Clement (15); Hankerd 2(11). 3B - None.