Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 2-1, in 10 Innings
April 7, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - USC's Daniel Perales was hit by a pitch by Cal reliever Jeremy Burchett with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th as the USC Trojans defeated the Golden Bears, 2-1 in 10 innings, in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series Friday night at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. USC improved to 18-14 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play, while Cal dropped to 16-14 and 4-3 in conference, one game back of USC.
Junior right-hander Ian Kennedy (3-4) earned the win for the Trojans, going all 10 innings and allowing just one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Kennedy got shortstop Allen Craig to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. Kennedy then retired 13 straight batters to close out his performance.
Blake Sharpe led off the 10th with a triple off the wall in center. Cyle Hankerd and Lucas Duda were intentionally walked to load the bases. Cal's Burchett (0-1) got Baron Frost to ground out as Craig threw out Sharpe at home. Burchett then struck out Darin Vieira before hitting Perales on the first pitch to end the game.
Matt Cusick singled home Johnny Bowden in the third for a 1-0 USC lead, but Cal evened the score in the fifth on Mike Van Winden's RBI single in the fifth inning.
Cal starter Brandon Morrow, whose first pitch of the game was clocked at 98 miles per hour, went six innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts. USC stranded 12 runners,including the bases loaded in the fifth. Morrow struck out Hankerd and retired Duda on a fly ball to center to get out of the jam before being replaced after the sixth inning.
The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the finale on Sunday (April 9), also at 1 p.m.
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