Cal Baseball Sweeps USC With 6-3 Victory

May 21, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team completed its first Pac-10 sweep since 2005, defeating USC, 6-3, Monday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who won 4-3 on Saturday and 6-1 on Sunday, improved to 28-24 overall and 11-10 in the Pac-10. The Trojans fell to 26-26 and 8-13 in conference. It was the first time Cal had swept a league foe since winning three at home versus Washington State, Mar. 24-26, 2005, and it was the first time the Bears had swept USC since doing so Mar. 29-31, 1985 at Evans Diamond.

Cal won its fifth game in a row behind the pitching of sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson and sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen, plus two RBI days from sophomore first baseman David Cooper and junior second baseman Josh Satin. Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler also came up big for the Bears, going 2-for-3 and getting a key RBI single in eighth inning, and freshman designated hitter Rich Gorman had a double, walked four times and scored three runs.

Bennigson improved his record to 5-3 by throwing 6.1 innings with three hits, two runs, five walks and two strikeouts. Gorgen relieved Bennigson in seventh inning and earned his ninth save of the year by pitching the final 2.2 innings with four hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts. His nine saves are the second-most single-season saves in Cal history.

USC scored first with a run in the second inning on Hector Rabago's RBI double off of Bennigson. The Bears came storming back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning off of Trojan starter Tommy Milone (3-6, 5.1 innings, seven hits, four runs, three walks, three strikeouts) when Gorman led-off with a walk, advanced to third on Cutler's double, and scored on Satin's single. Cooper's sacrifice fly to center field then plated Cutler.

Cal extended its lead to 4-1 by scoring two more runs in the fifth inning when Gorman doubled, advanced to third on Cutler's fly ball to center field, and scored on Satin's sacrifice fly to center field. Cooper followed with his team-high 12th home run with a solo shot to right field.

The two team traded runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Trojans scored in the seventh on Matt Cusick's RBI single and the Bears answered with Gorman scoring on a past ball by USC catcher Johnny Bowden. In the eighth, Darren Gemoll hit an RBI double off of Gorgen, but Cal came back with a run in the bottom of the eighth on Cutler's RBI single to center field, scoring sophomore shortstop Michael Brady, for the final 6-3 win.

The Bears will next wrap-up their conference slate with a three-game series at Washington, Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Home Runs:

USC: None.

Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the fifth inning.

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