# 8 USC 3, UW 2 (16)

Corey Dempster singled home Bobby Stahel to break a scoreless tie in the top of the 16th inning, and No. 8 USC added two more runs to beat UW 3-2 in the middle game of a three game series at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy and windy Saturday afternoon. 734 fans saw USC (21-6, 3-2 Pac-12) beat the Huskies (15-11, 2-6) in the longest game by innings in Trojan history.

With the game still scoreless going into the top of the 16th, Brandon Choate (1-2) took over on the mound for the Huskies.

Stahel led off with a ground single to center. Garrett Stubbs walked on four pitches to put runners on at first and second.

Expecting the next batter, Dempster, to sacrifice, the Huskies put the infield defense in motion to try to cut down Stahel at third, but Dempster singled into the normal defensive position manned by shortstop Chris Baker and into left center to score Stahel for 1-0 USC.

With Stubbs at second and Dempster at first, both runners moved up on a wild pitch to Timmy Robinson. Then Robinson singled off the mound and into center to plate both runners to make it 3-0.

A double play and routine grounder to short got the Huskies out of a potential big inning and gave them one more at bat to come back against closer Marc Huberman.

It looked like Huberman would breeze through the bottom of the inning when Wil Sparks and Andy Cosgrove grounded out to short for two quick outs.

The next batter Kyle London, though, walked on four pitches and Braden Bishop drove a 2-1 pitch into the trees beyond the left field wall for his third homer of the season to make it 3-2.

Levi Jordan came up to bat representing the tying run against fourth Trojan pitcher Alex Chavarria, but struck out looking to end the 4-hour, 4-minute marathon and give Chavarria his first career save.

Huberman (4-1) got the win with six and two thirds innings of relief. He allowed two runs, the first earned runs against him this season, on three hits. He walked four and struck out five.

On the mound for the Huskies, Tyler Davis and Troy Rallings shut out the Trojans for 15 innings.

Davis started and went eight and a third innings. He gave up four hits and walked three while striking out six.

Rallings followed with six and two thirds innings of three hit relief. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.

The home team, however, could not take advantage of the stellar mound work.

The best chances to score came with runners on at second and third in the bottom of the second and again in the bottom of the 13th.

In the second, a missed suicide squeeze and eventual strikeout ended the threat while a groundout to third ended the 13th.

Bishop led the Husky offense, going 2 for 6 with a homer, a run scored and two runs batted in. Branden Berry went 2 for 3 with three walks and Chris Baker finished 2 for 7. Baker extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the second and another single in the eighth gave him his sixth multi hit game during the streak.

The two teams wrap up the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.


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