Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 9-1

March 29, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CA - USC, behind timely hitting and some Cal fielding miscues, defeated the Bears, 9-1, Friday night at Dedeaux Field. Cal goes to 19-13 (3-2) on the year and the Trojans improve to 14-13 (2-0). USC won the first game of the series, 11-3, Thursday night.

The Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, with the help of a lost ball in the lights, and never looked back. USC scored four more runs in the fourth inning off of Cal sophomore starter Brian Montalbo (3-4), and scored single runs in the seventh and the eighth off of Bear relievers Brent Hale and Jesse Ingram.

Montalbo did not pitch badly for the Bears as the score might have indicated, receiving some bad luck on passed balls and fielding errors. He pitched 6.0 innings with eight hits, six earned runs, had only one walk with seven strikeouts. Sophomore first baseball Conor Jackson was again Cal's hitting star, going 2-for-2 and accounting for the Bears only run with a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Jackson has now gone 5-for-5 with a double, two home runs and three RBI in the series.

The winning pitcher for USC was reliever Brett Bannister (2-2), who relieved starter Anthony Reyes in the fifth inning and pitched 5.0 innings with two hits, one run, no walks and had four strikeouts.

Cal will play the third game of the three-game conference series Saturday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

Home Runs:

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

USC: Peavey, solo home run in the first inning.

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