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20070514 Rally Comes up Short, Baseball Falls to SC, 7-5
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Release: 05/14/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><STRONG><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">TUCSON</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </STRONG>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718">Bill Rhinehart</A></A> hit his second career grand slam in the eighth inning to pull a stagnant Wildcat offense out of a seven-inning funk, but it wasn&rsquo;t quite enough as USC ended UA&rsquo;s 15-game home win streak with a 7-5 victory on Sunday. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The loss, just the third suffered by the Wildcats at Jerry Kindall Field this season, dropped UA to 36-12 overall and to 11-6 in the Pac-10. USC, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the Wildcats with the win, improved to 24-23 overall and to 7-10 in the conference. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Leading 1-0 after five innings, the Trojans took advantage of a <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800">David Coulon</A></A> throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the sixth to score a pair of runs and tacked on two more in the frame on a Lucas Duda double and run-scoring hit by pitch to jump out to a commanding 5-0 lead. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>USC pushed the advantage to 6-0 on a fielder&rsquo;s choice ground out in the seventh before the Wildcats finally plated a run in the home half of the frame on back-to-back doubles by Rhinehart and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519">Brad Glenn</A></A>.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Meanwhile, SC starter Ryan Cook (7-2), who cruised through the first seven innings by limiting the Wildcats to just the single run on six hits, ran out of gas in the eighth to give the Wildcats hope. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The Trojan right-hander issued one-out walks to <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743902"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743902">Diallo Fon</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222542">Colt Sedbrook</A></A> before <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917">C.J. Ziegler</A></A> loaded the bases with a single to right. Rhinehart followed with his second career grand slam against the Trojans, a towering homer over the right field fence, to cut the SC lead to one at 6-5. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The UA come-from-behind bid ended there however, as Paul Koss, who entered the week of play tied for the national saves lead, worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings the rest of the way to slam the door for his 15<SUP>th</SUP> save of the season.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The Trojans added another run in the ninth on a fielding miscue by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518">Jon Gaston</A></A> in right for the final two-run edge.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Cook (7-2) picked up his seventh win of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked five on the night. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Coulon (3-3), who made the start in place of an ailing <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681">Brad Mills</A></A>, was charged with the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> and USC will meet up for the rubber game of the three-game series on Monday at 12 p.m. Right-hander <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516">Mike Colla</A></A> is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.</FONT></P>
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