Cal Baseball Upsets No. 9 USC, 5-4 in 10 Innings
April 14, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Sophomore designated hitter Brad Smith hit a chopper over the glove of USC second baseman Jon Brewster with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to lead Cal to a 5-4 victory over the Trojans Saturday at Evans Diamond. The No. 9 ranked Trojans, who won the first two games of the series, 1-0 and 5-3, fall to 26-13, 8-4 in the Pac-10, while the Bears improve to 22-18, 7-8 in conference.
Cal was down 4-1 after six innings, but scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Bear second baseman Carson White hit a one-out double off of USC reliever Fraser Dizard. The Trojans then intentionally walked Clint Hoover and pinch hitter Chris Grossman forced a walk to load the bases for Smith's game-winning RBI.
Cal was one out away from defeat in the bottom of the ninth when USC reliever Brian Bannister walked Conor Jackson with the bases loaded to tie the game. Bear reliever David Cash was able to get the Trojans out 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th to improve his record to 8-2. Cash was outstanding in relief, pitching 5.0 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Andrew Sproul also threw well for Cal, replacing starter Ryan Atkinson in the second inning and pitching 4.0 innings with two hits, one run (solo home run by Michael Moon in the fifth inning), no walks and a strikeout.
The Trojans had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Anthony Lunetta, a sacrifice fly by Bill Peavey and an RBI single by Alberto Concepcion. USC starter Anthony Reyes had thrown well, going 8.3 innings with nine hits, three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
The Bears will next travel to Saint Mary's, Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Moraga, before traveling to Tucson, AZ for a three-game Pac-10 series Apr. 20-22.
USC: Moon, solo home run in the fifth inning.