Cal Baseball Loses to USC, 3-1
April 17, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - Despite a stellar pitching effort from sophomore Jesse Ingram, the California baseball team still fell to USC, 3-1, Thursday at Evans Diamond. Cal goes to 21-19 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans improved to 20-17, 6-4 in league play.
Ingram, making his first start on the mound as a Bear, pitched a career-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts. He gave up his lone run in the third inning on a wild pitch. The Bears later tied the contest, 1-1, on a sacrifice fly by junior right fielder Brian Horwitz in the sixth inning, scoring Conor Jackson, who had led off the inning with a walk.
USC won the game in the eighth inning by scoring two runs off of Cal reliever Matt Brown (2-6). Brown started off the eighth walking Anthony Lunetta, and later allowed Lunetta to score on a wild pitch. Jon Brewster gave the Trojans an insurance run with a RBI double to left center.
The winning pitcher for USC was reliever Josh Rummonds (4-2), who entered the game in the sixth inning, pitching 2.0 innings with one hit and one strikeout. Bret Butler earned his fourth save of the year for the Trojans, throwing the final two innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts.
The Bears will next play USC in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Friday, Apr. 18 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.