USC Sweeps Cal With 10-1 Victory

April 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Blake Sharpe and Cyle Hankerd had three hits and two RBI each Sunday as the USC Trojans completed a Pac-10 Conference sweep with a 10-1 win against the California Golden Bears at Dedeaux Field.

The Trojans remain in first place with a 7-2 record, 1 1/2 games ahead of second place Arizona State, which USC will face this Thursday-Saturday (April 13-15) for a Pac-10 series in Tempe, Ariz.

USC has won five of its last six games and is 20-14 overall. Cal is 16-16 on the season, 4-5 in conference play.

It was the first time since March 28-30, 2002, that USC has swept Cal in a three-game series.

Freshman Tommy Milone improved to 6-0 on the season with six innings, allowing only one run on eight hits with two strikeouts. This season, Milone has allowed only eight walks in 61 2/3 innings.

In nine Pac-10 games this season, the Trojans' starting rotation of junior Ian Kennedy, freshman Ryan Cook and Milone has a combined 2.36 ERA.

USC jumped out early in the first against Cal's Matt Gorgen, who was making his first start of the season. Sharpe, who walked, advanced to third on a single by Hankerd and fielding error by center fielder Brennan Boesch. Lucas Duda hit an RBI ground out to second for the Trojans' first run.

Sharpe added a two-run single in the second for a 3-0 lead. Cal third baseman Josh Satin, who went 3-for-3 on the day, singled home Taylor Grigsby for the Golden Bears' lone run.

Darin Vieira's sacrifice fly in the third made it a 4-1 advantage before the Trojans exploded for six runs in the fourth.

Catcher Johnny Bowden led off the USC fourth with a bunt single, followed by a walk to Matt Cusick and another bunt single from Sharpe. Hankerd hit a two-run double to right, followed by RBI singles from Baron Frost, Daniel Perales and Hector Estrella.

Estrella extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-5 day.

USC hosts UC Riverside on Tuesday (April 11) for a 5 p.m. non conference game at Dedeaux Field, before the ASU series. Game times are 7 p.m. (Arizona time) on Thursday and Friday with the series finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.

All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, with live video available for Tuesday's game against UC Riverside.

CAL	001-000-000---1-9-2USC	121-600-00x---10-16-1

WP - Milone (6-0) LP - Gorgen (1-3)T - 3:04 ATT - 904Records: CAL (16-16, 4-5), USC (20-14, 7-2)

Gorgen, Petrini (2), Cooper (4), Trafton (6), Rollin (7), Corder (8) and Howell.Milone, Dunn (7), Olsen (8), Martlaro (9) and Bowden, Owen (8).

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