No. 25/22 USC Hangs On For 5-4 Win At Cal
April 23, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Darin Vieira broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth Friday as the No. 25/22 USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears, 7-4, in Pac-10 Conference action at Evans Diamond. Ian Kennedy threw seven innings to earn his second victory in three days for the Trojans.
USC is now 25-11 on the season with a 7-3 mark in the Pac-10 while Cal fell to 25-17 overall, 6-7 in conference. The Trojans are now two games back of first-place Arizona.
Kennedy (7-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He pitched one inning in Wednesday's halted game, originally played on Feb. 20, at No. 2 Cal State Fullerton for his sixth victory. For his two-game total this week, Kennedy allowed four runs on 15 hits with just one walk against 17 strikeouts.
The lead went back-and-forth between the Trojans and the Golden Bears. Cal took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Allen Craig singled to center to score James Holder, but Craig was thrown out at second when he tried to advance. Craig finished the game with a 3-for-3 day, all singles, and a walk.
Shortstop Blake Sharpe tied the game for USC in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to right. Cal starter Adam Gold (5-5) retired the first two batters in the USC sixth before designated hitter Baron Frost singled up the middle. Vieira then hit his third homer of the season on the first pitch from Gold for a 5-3 lead. Hector Estrella immediately followed with his third homer on a solo shot to left center. It was the first time this season that USC has hit back-to-back home runs.
Sharpe went 2-for-4 with two doubles while Estrella went 2-for-4.
The Trojans added another run in the seventh, but could not add insurance runs despite having the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings. The game was stopped at the top of the eighth, due to rain, and resumed after a delay of one hour and 28 minutes.
Cal scored once in the eighth. Sharpe, in his attempt for an inning-ending double play, threw the ball away to put runners at the corners with one out. After a walk to Brennan Boesch to load the bases against USC closer Paul Koss, Josh Satin hit an RBI groundout. The Golden Bears loaded the bases again in the ninth, but Koss got Chris Errecart to ground out as Sharpe retired pinch runner Taylor Grigsby at second to end the game.
The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
USC 011-013-100---7-13-2CAL 010-020-010---4-10-3
WP-Kennedy (7-1) LP-Gold (5-5)T: 3:07 ATT: 517Records: USC (25-11, 7-3), CAL (25-17, 6-7)
Kennedy, Friedman (8), Koss (8) and Clement.Gold, Trafton (6), Burchett (7), Swick (8), Swanson and Howell.