April 25, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The University of Southern California Trojans used two runs in the first inning, three in the second and a single run in the third on their way to a 9-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Tuesday.
The Gauchos, who were coming off of a sweep of Long Beach State, could not keep the momentum. Senior lefty Troy Kinto got the start on the mound, but he was unable to get out of the second inning. In the opening frame, shortstop Seth Davidson led off with a single. First baseman Josh Persell then lined a double to right center with Davidson stopping at third. Third baseman Justin Gemoll hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Davidson with the first run of the game and moving Persell to third. Catcher Beau Craig singled to left, scoring Persell. Second baseman Anthony Lunetta then walked to put runners at first and second, but the Trojans could not bring anyone else home.
In the USC second inning, left fielder Abel Montanez walked to lead things off and was followed by center fielder Brian Barre who singled to left. The runners then moved up on a sacrifice by Davidson and scored on a single by Persell. At that point, the Gauchos brought Bing Cain in to replace Kinto and he was welcomed by Gemoll who lined a single to left center with Persell advancing to third. After Craig struck out looking, Cain balked the third run of the inning home giving the Trojans a 5-0 lead.
Designated hitter Mark Prior led things off in the third inning with a solo home run, making the score 6-0.
The Gauchos scored all of their runs in the fourth inning. First baseman Tyler Von Schell led off with a single and one-out later, third baseman Jon Stephens, playing in place of Dave Molidor who sat out with a stiff back, was safe on an error by Gemoll. After catcher Donovan Warrecker hit a flyball out, center fielder R.J. Smith hit a towering home run to left center field, his second bomb in as many games and his third of the campaign.
USC scored three more runs, one each in the fifth, the seventh (on a solo home run by Lunetta) and in the ninth.
Kinto was tagged with the loss and is now 2-2. USC's Ronald Flores recorded the win by going eight innings and allowing no earned runs, he is now 3-1. UCSB returns to action this weekend for three game series at Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos will not return home until Friday, May 12 when they open their final home series of the season, a three-gamer against Sacramento State.