Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 11-4
April 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - USC's Michael Moon broke open a 2-2 tie with a two-rundouble in the fourth inning as the Trojans evened its Pac-10 Conference serieswith an 11-4 win over the California Friday evening at Dedeaux Field. USC is now 16-16 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play while the Golden Bears are 18-20 overall, 5-6 in the Pac-10. Cal had won the first game of the series, 4-2, Thursday.
Moon finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Bret Butler (4-1) threw six innings in relief to earn the win for the Trojans.
Cal had taken a 2-1 lead in the second inning on solo home runs by James Holder and Allen Craig off USC starter Michael Friedman. Friedman allowed his first runs of theseason, going 2.0 innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and four strikeouts before being replaced by Butler.
Butler entered the game in the third inning, scattering seven hits andallowing two runs with no walks and five strikeouts. Junior Kyle Crist (3-6) took the loss for the Bears after allowing six runs (four earned) in 4.3 innings. Crist replaced starter Brent Hale, who did not record an out in the first inning after facing three batters.
USC catcher Jeff Clement tied the game, 3-3, in the third inning with a solohome run. Trojan left fielder Baron Frost broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning with a bases-loaded double to left center.
Cal had added two runs in the seventh inning to get within 7-4 on a RBI triple by senior center fielder David Weiner and a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Chris Grossman. Top hitters for the Bears were Craig (2-for-5, HR), Holder (2-for-4, HR) and Grossman (2-for-4, RBI) with two hits apiece.
The series will conclude tomorrow at 2 p.m. with Mike Padgett (2-4, 4.50)scheduled for the start for Cal while USC counters with Bobby Paschal (2-4,4.95).
Cal: Craig, solo home run in the second inning. Holder, solo home run in the second inning.
USC: Clement, solo home run in the third inning.