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23 Hits Not Enough as USC Loses, 19-17

Steve Strong hit a three-run double to cap a five-run eighth-inning rally as Arizona beat USC, 19-17, in a wild Pacific-10 Southern Division game Sunday at Tucson. There were 41 hits in the game, 23 by USC.

Behind 17-14 entering the eighth, the Wildcats scored twice on two hits and three walks off USC reliever Steve Bast (5-5) before Strong delivered his bases-loaded hit.

The victory gave Arizona a series sweep and improved the Wildcats record to 35-14 overall and 13-8 in Pac-10 play. USC (20-23, 8-15) wasted the five-RBI effort of Scott Sommers, who had five singles and raised his batting average to .440. Dan Henly hit his seventh home run of the season for the Trojans.

UCLA 8, California 6--Steve Hisey’s two-run homer ignited a six-run fifth inning as the Bruins won at Berkeley.

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Todd Zeile added a two-run single in the fifth inning as UCLA sent 10 men to the plate and faced four Cal pitchers in the inning.

UCLA led 8-2 entering the ninth inning, but Cal scored four times, highlighted by Kevin Maas’ 14th home run of the season, a three-run shot.

UCLA starter Steve Stowell (2-1) pitched six inning to get the win. Stowell is 2-1 this season.

The win moves UCLA into first place in the Pac-10 Southern Division with a 13-6 record, and the Bruins face second-place Stanford (12-7) in a doubleheader today. UCLA is 20-17 overall. Cal is 24-21 overall and 7-17 in the conference.

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