March 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES--No. 7-ranked Long Beach State (11-3) won its fourth-straight weekend series, defeating host USC (9-7) 9-6 on a windy Saturday afternoon for the second time in three tries.
Bryan Shaw pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
LBSU took their third lead of the game in the eighth as freshman centerfielder Jonathan Jones fought off nine pitches from reliever Ryan Cabral (0-1) before an RBI triple down the left field line made it 7-6. A sacrifice fly then made it 8-6. A sacrifice fly in the ninth put the Dirtbags up 9-6.
LBSU took a 6-3 lead in the seventh thanks to Peterson's RBI single, before reliever David Roberts gave up a three-run home run to Grant Green to tie it at 6-6 in the seventh. Jason Markovitz (2-0) came on and got the last two outs of the seventh and then pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
A botched play on a bunt led to the Dirtbags re-taking the lead at 5-3 in the sixth. Third baseman Billy Pinkerton made his second error of the game, throwing wide of the bag on a bunt, as first baseman Derek Perren could not hold onto the ball, bumping into Jones, and allowing two unearned runs to score.
Vance Worley pitched the first six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while Kevin Coutre countered with six runs (three earned) on 10 hits over the first six for USC.
Corder's first home run of the spring gave LBSU a 3-0 lead, before Anthony Vasquez answered in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run followed by a RBI single by Grant Green to tie it at 3-3.
Worley scattered two hits over the first four innings, before giving up three in the fifth.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Blair Field.
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