No. 5 Cal Rallies For 13-11 Win Over USC
April 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES - David Cooper's two-run single in the top of the ninth capped a late rally Sunday as the No. 5 California Golden Bears salvaged the Pac-10 Conference series in the 13-11 win over the host USC Trojans. The Golden Bears rallied twice from a six-run deficit and scored eight unanswered runs for the win.
Cooper finished the day with a 4-for-6 performance as Cal (23-9-2, 5-4) blasted four home runs in a game that started with a 95-degree temperature at Dedeaux Field. Right fielder Blake Smith came in to pitch two scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first win of the season. Matt Gorgen put a stop to the Trojans' scoring with 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief prior to Smith's appearance.
Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Michael Brady went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI for the Golden Bears.
USC (18-16, 6-6) got another solid hitting performance in the first four spots in the lineup. Derek Perren went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI to finish with 11 RBI in the weekend series. Grant Green continued his nine-game hitting streak, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two stolen bases and two RBI. Roberto Lopez was 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two RBI while Nick Buss was 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
The Trojans had a 7-1 lead after the second inning before Cal posted four runs in the fourth. Brett Jackson hit a two-run double to right, followed by Smith's two-run homer to center.
Green's two-run homer in the fourth keyed a four-run inning for the Trojans before the Golden Bears answered again and took over in the fifth. Satin hit an RBI single and third baseman Hector Rabago, who later came in as a pitcher, booted a ground ball to score the second run of the inning.
Brady and Charlie Cutler hit solo home runs in the eighth to tie the game for Cal. Rabago hit a batter, gave up a bunt single and walked Cutler to load the bases for Cooper, who knocked in the winning runs off Robert Stock.
USC travels to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday (April 15) for a 7 p.m. game before a weekend series against UC Santa Barbara. Friday and Sunday's game will be played in Santa Barbara with Saturday's game at Dedeaux Field. All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with Saturday's game only with a video webcast, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
Notes: USC stole eight bases in today's game after the team stole seven bases on Feb. 24 at Loyola Marymount...today's eight stolen bases were the most since a school-record 12 bases in 1995 against Arizona...despite the loss, USC has now won three Pac-10 Conference series against Top 25 opponents with two of them against top five teams (No. 2 Arizona, No. 23 UCLA and No. 5 Cal)...shortstop Grant Green has a nine-game hitting streak, batting .605 (23-for-38) with three homers and 12 RBI...Green is hitting .720 (18-for-25) in his last six games, recording multi-hit performances in every game...USC is 6-2 during the current stretch of eight straight games against Top 25 opponents...USC's 39 runs in the series were the most by a Trojan squad since 2002 when USC had 43 runs at Washington State (April 19-21).
CAL 010-422-022---13-19-2USC 340-400-000---11-15-1
WP - Smith (1-0) LP - Rabago (0-3)T - 3:29 ATT - 569Records: CAL (23-9-2, 5-4), USC (18-16, 6-6)
Petrini, Wolford (2), Gorgen (4), Smith (8) and Tonneson.Cook, Cabral (6), Rabago (8), Stock (9) and Stock, Salinas (9).