Pabst's Blue Ribbon Catch Protects USC's 3-2 Win Over Cal

April 8, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Sophomore Spencer Pabst's (Long Beach/Wilson HS) highlight catch with one out in the ninth proved to be a key play Saturday as the USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears, 3-2, in Pac-10 Conference action at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans have won the first two games of the series, both by one run.

Pabst, who entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement in center field, make a diving catch on a fly ball by Cal catcher Garrett Bussiere. Bussiere hit a rocket to right center, but Pabst slid on the warning track for the second out of the inning.

USC is now 19-14 on the season and remains in first place in the Pac-10 with a 6-2 mark. California falls to 16-15 overall and 4-4 in conference.

Freshman Ryan Cook (Clovis/Clovis HS) allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings of work with no walks and four strikeouts. In three Pac-10 starts, Cook is 3-0 this season with a 1.77 ERA.

The Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the fifth thanks to consecutive singles from Charlie Cutler, Brett Munster and Taylor Grigsby. Cutler and Grigsby both went 2-for-4 on the afternoon.

In the bottom of the fifth, Daniel Perales and Hector Estrella singled off Cal starter Tyler Ross (4-4). USC catcher Johnny Bowden then launched a two-run double to right center, putting the Trojans ahead for good, 2-1.

Blake Sharpe, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, made it a 3-1 USC lead with an RBI single off reliever Matt Gorgen in the seventh. Allen Craig singled home Grigsby in the eighth, but USC closer Paul Koss retired Chris Errecart on a ground ball to short to end the threat.

Koss threw a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save of the season and 18th of his career.

The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live, along with live video, at

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WP - Cook (4-3) LP - Ross (4-4) S - Koss (4)T - 2:40 ATT - 959Records: CAL (16-15, 4-4), USC (19-14, 6-2)

Ross, Gorgen (7), Bennigson (8) and Bussiere.Cook, Dunn (8), Parrow (8), Koss (8) and Bowden.

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