USC: Chris McCaffery

Baseball: Trojans take two in unusual way

February, 19, 2011
2/19/11
8:04
PM PT
Now that doesn't happen every day.

After beating Missouri 9-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at 10 a.m., the Trojans were leading Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 5-2 after five innings when the rain started to come down.

A delay ensued. The teams later resumed play in the top of the sixth, with USC switching pitchers and the Mustangs torching three Trojans relievers to the tune of six runs for an 8-5 lead after 5 1/2 innings. Then the rain started again, and another a delay ensued.

Only this time the field was too soaked to start up play again, and the umpires were forced to call the game. Under NCAA rules, a called game due to weather conditions must revert back to the last completed inning, so the game was officially called after five innings and the Trojans were awarded the 5-2 win.

Like we said, that doesn't happen every day. But interim head coach Frank Cruz and his USC squad will gladly take the pair of wins and return to Dedeaux Field on Sunday at 2 p.m. to face North Carolina in the concluding game of the USC Tournament.

The Trojans had originally been scheduled to play Missouri on Friday at 6 p.m., but that game was postponed until Saturday morning because of rain.

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