Cal Baseball Loses to USC, 5-3

April 13, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - Despite scoring a run in each of the first three innings and out-hitting USC (12 to seven), Cal still fell to the Trojans, 5-3, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Trojans improve to 26-12, 8-3 in the Pac-10, and the Bears go to 21-18, 6-8 in conference.

USC scored in the top of the first inning when Seth Davidson led off the game with a triple to center field off of Cal starter Jason Dennis (3-3, 5.3 innings, six hits, four earned runs, two walks) and then scored on a groundout to second by Brian Barre. Cal responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Brian Horwitz, a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Horwitz and then a run in the third on an RBI single by Spencer Wyman.

The Bears held the 3-1 lead until the Trojans exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Jon Brewster, a bases loaded walk by Davidson and a sacrifice fly by Barre.

That was all the game's scoring as USC starter Rik Currier (7-1) settled down and ended up pitching 7.0 innings with 11 hits, three runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Fraser Dizard replaced Currier in the eighth and earned his fifth save of the year (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs). Freshmen Brian Montalbo (3.3 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) and Matt Brown (0.3 innings, no hits, no runs) threw well in relief for Cal.

Top hitter for the Trojans was Bill Peavey (2-for-4), while John Baker went 3-for-4 and Conor Jackson 2-for-4 for the Bears.

The Bears will next take on No. 9 ranked USC in the third game of the three-game series, Saturday, Apr. 14 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Trojans won the first game of the series, 1-0, Thursday.

Home Runs:

USC: None.

Cal: None.

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