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Southern Cal reaches College World Series

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published June 3, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- Rik Currier pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 Saturday as Southern Cal beat Florida International 6-0 to win the best-of-three Super Region and advance to the College World Series.

Currier (12-2) helped the Trojans pitching staff set a school record for strikeouts in a season with 580, one more than the 1998 team recorded. That squad won the national championship.

Josh Persell had three hits and drove in a run to lead the Trojans (44-17) to their 200th post-season victory and second College World Series appearance in a row.

Abel Montanez's sacrifice fly in the second put USC ahead for good.

Seth Davidson hit a homer to begin the third, and Anthony Lunetta hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Brian Barre later in the inning.

The Trojans added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.

FIU's William Collazo lost his first game of the season, allowing eight hits and five runs.

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