Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 13-9
March 30, 2002
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Cal baseball team lost an 8-6 lead by giving up six runs in the sixth inning and went on to fall to USC, 13-9, in the third and final game at Dedeaux Field. The Bears were swept in the series and go to 19-14 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10. The Trojans improve to 15-13 (3-0), winning 11-3 Thursday and 9-1 Friday.
Freshman reliever Brent Hale suffered the loss (1.7 innings, two hits, three runs, two walks, three strikeouts) as Hale and Jesse Ingram gave up five of the six runs in the sixth inning, including the go ahead two-run homer by Joey Metropoulos. The winning pitcher for USC was receiver Cory Campo (1-1, 3.3 innings, five hits, two earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts) and Jordan Olson earned his first save of the season (2.3 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts).
Cal scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI ground out by Carson White and scored twice in the second on bases loaded walks by Ben Conley and Conor Jackson. The Bears did battle back after being down 6-3 going into the fourth inning by scoring three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth for its 8-6 lead. In the fourth the Bears scored on an RBI single by Conley, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Noah Jackson. In the fifth, Conley had another RBI single and Conor Jackson had an RBI double. Cal's other run came on a throwing error by USC shortstop Michael Moon in the seventh inning on a potential double play ball.
Conley (2-for-4, three RBI), Brian Horwitz (2-for-3, double) and Jeff Dragicevich (2-for-4, double) had two hits apiece for the Bears. Conor Jackson finished the series 6-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI.
Cal next hosts Santa Clara, Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond before hosting UCLA in a three-game conference series beginning Friday, Apr. 5 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
USC: Metropoulos, two-run home run in the sixth inning.