Cal Baseball Falls at USC, 11-3

March 28, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CA - USC broke opened a close game by scoring six runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 11-3 victory over the Cal Thursday at Dedeaux Field. The Bears go to 19-12 (3-1) on the year and the Trojans improve to 13-13 (1-0).

USC was ahead 5-3 going into bottom of the eighth after scoring two runs in the fourth, two runs in the sixth and a run in the seventh off of Cal starter Trevor Hutchinson (6-3, 6.3 innings, eight hits, five runs, one walk, five strikeouts). The Bears had scored the first two runs of the game when sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson hit a solo home run in the first inning (10th homer of the year) and had and RBI double in the fourth inning to give Cal a 2-0 lead. The Bears had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the eighth, but only got one run on a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Carson White.

The winning pitcher for USC was freshman starter Matt Chico (4-2), who pitched 7.0 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and had 13 strikeouts. Jon Williams earned his second save of the season (2.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts).

Conor Jackson finished the night 3-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI, while freshman center fielder David Nicholson was 2-for-4 for the Bears.

Cal will play the second game of the three-game conference series Friday, Mar. 29 at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

Home Runs:

Cal: C. Jackson, solo home run in the first inning.

USC: None.

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