Baseball Rallies For 5-3 Win At California In Pac-10 Action
April 13, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman Fraser Dizard threw two scoreless innings in relief to record his fifth save of the season Friday and the No. 9 USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears, 5-3, in Pac-10 action at Evans Diamond. The Trojans (26-12, 8-3 Pac-10) have won the first two games of the series and will go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m.
USC has won 10 of its last 12 games and remains one game in the Pac-10 standings behind first-place Stanford, which defeated Oregon State by an 8-1 score earlier tonight.
Rik Currier (7-1) went seven innings for the Trojans, allowing 11 hits on three runs. He struck out six batters and walked two. Jason Dennis (3-3) took the loss for California (21-18, 6-8).
Seth Davidson led off the game with a triple to center that bounced under the glove of Ben Conley and rolled to the wall. He would score on a groundout by Brian Barre, giving the Trojans an early 1-0 lead.
The Golden Bears, however, bounced back with a run in the first, second and third innings California had the bases loaded in the first with a run in and one out, but Currier struck out Spencer Wyman and got Clint Hoover to ground out to third, ending the inning. California stranded 11 runners on the afternoon.
Dennis had retired 11 straight batters after allowing the triple to Davidson, but the Trojans won the game in the fifth with four runs. Alberto Concepcion walked and Bill Peavey and Abel Montanez both singled to load the bases. Freshman Jon Brewster delivered a two-run single to right to tie the game at 3-3. Michael Moon reached on an error by second baseman Carson White to load the bases again. Davidson walked to score the eventual game-winning run and Brian Barre completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right.
California had one final chance in the ninth with runners at first and second with two outs, but Dizard got White to fly out to center to end the game.
The series will conclude tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the game broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 100-040-000 --- 5-7-0California 111-000-000 --- 3-12-2
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