Cal Baseball Defeats USC, 11-2

April 18, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Behind a 17-hit attack and a solid pitching effort from sophomore Mike Padgett, the California baseball team defeated USC, 11-2, Friday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 22-19 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans fell to 20-18, 6-5 in league play. The win over USC broke a five-game Trojan winning streak and snapped a four-game Pac-10 losing streak for the Bears. The Trojans had won the first game of the series, 3-1, Friday.

Padgett (4-2), making his first start on the mound as a Bear, pitched a career-high 7.3 innings with seven hits, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts. The losing pitcher for USC was starter Brian Bannister (4-4), who pitched 4.0 innings with eight hits, four runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

At the plate, Cal had five players with three hits apiece. Junior third baseman Conor Jackson was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Junior right fielder Brian Horwitz was 3-for-5 with a two-run double in the third inning. Senior Ben Conley was 3-for-5 with a RBI single in the sixth inning. Sophomore first baseman James Holder was 3-for-5 with two RBI and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich was 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the seventh and a RBI single in the eighth.

Joey Metropoulos went 2-for-4 for the Trojans.

The Bears will next play USC in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

USC: None.

Cal: C. Jackson, two-run homer in the fourth. Dragicevich, solo home run in the seventh.

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