No. 5 Cal Baseball Defeats USC, 13-11
April 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Thanks to the pitching of Matt Gorgen and Blake Smith, and the hitting of Michael Brady, Charlie Cutler and David Cooper, the No. 5-ranked California baseball team came back from an 11-9 deficit by scoring four runs in the last two innings on the way to a 13-11 victory over USC, Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. The Golden Bears, who had fallen to the Trojans, 17-1 and 11-5 in the first two games of the series, improved to 23-9-2 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10. The Trojans dropped to 18-16 and 6-6 in league play.
Cal pitchers Gorgen (3.2 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts) and Smith (1-0, 2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) were outstanding as they shut down USC's offense in the last five innings after the Trojans had held an 11-5 lead after the first four innings. The Bears' offense came alive as they tied the game, 11-11, in the eighth inning when junior shortstop Brady hit a lead-off homer to right field and Cutler later hit a solo shot to right off of Ryan Cabral. Cal finally completed the impressive comeback on junior first baseman Cooper's two-run single off of Trojan reliever Robert Stock for the 13-11 win.
The Bears scored their first run of the game in the second inning on senior second baseman Josh Satin's homer. Cal exploded for four runs in the fourth inning on sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson's two-run double to right and Smith's 2-run homer to center field.
In the fifth, the Bears scored a pair of runs on an RBI single by Satin, and Cooper scored on USC third baseman Hector Rabago's fielding error. Cal added two more runs in the sixth inning to get within, 11-9, when Brady's single scored sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson, who had led-off the inning with a double, and later Cooper hit into a double play with the bases to score another run.
The Bears finished the day with 19 hits and four home runs, including four hits by Cooper (4-for-6, two RBI) and three hits apiece by Satin (3-for-4, HR, two RBI) and Brady (3-for-5, HR, two RBI).
The Bears will next travel to Pacific for a non-league game, Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Stockton, before hosting Washington in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Satin, solo home run in the second inning. Smith, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Brady, solo home run in the eighth inning. Cutler, solo home run in the eighth inning.
USC: Green, two-run homer in the fourth inning.