Cal Baseball Falls 1-0 to No. 9 Ranked USC
April 12, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Behind the outstanding pitching of junior right-hander Mark Prior, USC defeated Cal, 1-0, Thursday at Evans Diamond. The Trojans improve to 25-12, 7-3 in the Pac-10, and the Bears go to 21-17, 6-7 in conference.
It was Cal's 15th one-run game of the season, now going 5-10 in those contests.
USC got it's lone run in the third when Alberto Concepcion led off the inning with a double, was advanced to third on a groundout to second by Michael Moon and then scored on a groundout RBI to shortstop by Jon Brewster.
That was all Prior needed as he improved his record to 10-1 by throwing a complete game with two hits, one walk and 14 strikeouts. He did not allow a Bear batter to reach second, giving up a single to Carson White in the second inning and a single to Brian Horwitz in the seventh inning.
Cal pitcher Trevor Hutchinson (2-6) was solid, pitching 8.0 innings with eight hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts. David Cash pitched the ninth for the Bears (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, no walks, one strikeout). Cal also played well defensively, turning three double plays and forcing USC to leave eight runners on base. Concepcion led the Trojans at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring the winning run.
The Bears will next take on No. 9 ranked USC in the second game of the three-game series, Friday, Apr. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.