March 26, 2004
USC (11-13) used two big innings to post an 11-4 non-conference win over UCLA (13-9) in front of 1,107 fans at Dedeaux Field on Friday night.
The Trojans posted six runs in the first frame to build a 6-0 lead. After Joey Metropoulos drove in two runners with a double to left field, Jon Brewster would bring in four more runs with a grand slam.
UCLA began to chip away at the USC lead in the top of the second as two Bruins crossed home plate. Wes Whisler started the inning with a double while Matt Thayer was hit by a pitch a batter later. Sean Carpenter would follow and load the bases with a walk. One run would score on a Mike Svetlic fielder's choice before another came home on a sacrifice fly from Chris Denove.
Two more Bruins runs scored in the top of the fifth inning when a second double from Whisler brought them in. Preston Griffin, who was hit by a pitch and Ryan McCarthy, who had walked, scored on the double.
A two-error play by the Bruins would allow three of the five Trojans to score in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Darin Vieira attempted to sacrifice the runner in, but an errand throw by pitcher Daniel Miltenberger was then mishandled by Josh Roenicke to bring the runs across. Vieria would then score on a Michael Moon single to give USC six-run advantage before Kevin Brophy issued a bases loaded walk to Baron Frost to give USC the 11-4 win.
After a tough first frame, Casey Janssen (5-1) returned to strike out eight Trojans in six innings of work.
Whisler led the UCLA attack with two doubles and two RBI, while Svetlic and Denove drove in the other Bruin runs.
The second game of this three-game series will start tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Junior right-hander Bryan Beck (2-1) will face off with Trojan freshman Ian Kennedy (3-0) in the non-conference contest. The game will be televised on Fox Sports West 2 and can also be heard on www.uclabruins.com.