Cal Baseball Defeats USC, 8-3

April 19, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Led by juniors Matt Brown, Chris Grossman and Conor Jackson, the California baseball team defeated USC, 8-3, Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 23-19 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans fell to 20-19, 6-6 in league play. The Bears captured the series over the defending Pac-10 champions, losing, 3-1, Thursday, but rebounding to win 11-2 Friday and 8-3 Saturday.

Brown (3-6) had one of his best outings of the year, replacing starter Kyle Crist in the first inning and proceeding to pitch 8.7 innings with six hits, two runs, three walks and five strikeouts. The losing pitcher for USC was starter Anthony Reyes (1-3), who threw 4.0 innings with seven hits, five runs, no walks and one strikeout.

Junior catcher Chris Grossman had the first big hit for the Bears in the third inning, knocking a bases loaded double off of Reyes, scoring three runs. Conor Jackson added two more runs for Cal with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Grossman finished the day 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI, and Jackson was 3-for-4 with a double and the two run homer. David Nicholson, Ben Conley, Brian Horwitz and Jeff Dragicevich had two hits apiece for the Bears as well.

Jon Brewster went 2-for-3 for the Trojans with a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The Bears will next host Santa Clara, Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will then travel to Seattle for a three-game Pac-10 series at Washington, beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.

Home Runs:

USC: Brewster, solo home run in the eighth inning.

Cal: C. Jackson, two-run homer in the fifth inning.

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