USC's 2-1 Win In 10 Innings Over Cal Is A Big 'Hit'

April 7, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Daniel Perales was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th as the USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears, 2-1 in 10 innings, to win the Pac-10 Conference series opener.

Junior All-American Ian Kennedy (3-4) earned the win for the Trojans, going all 10 innings and allowing just one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. It was Kennedy's first win since Feb. 17 (vs. Kansas).

After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Kennedy got shortstop Allen Craig to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. Kennedy then retired 13 straight batters to close out his performance.

USC improves to 18-14 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play, good for first place. California drops to 16-14 on the season and 4-3 in conference, one game back of USC.

Blake Sharpe led off the 10th with a triple off the wall in center. Cyle Hankerd and Lucas Duda were intentionally walked to load the bases. Cal reliever Jeremy Burchett (0-1) got Baron Frost to ground out as Craig threw out Sharpe at home. Burchett then struck out Darin Vieira before hitting Perales on the first pitch to end the game.

Matt Cusick singled home Johnny Bowden in the third for a 1-0 USC lead, but Cal evened the score in the fifth on Mike Van Winden's RBI single.

Cal starter Brandon Morrow, whose first pitch of the game was clocked at 98 miles per hour, went six innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts. He also had two errors, both on pickoff attempts.

USC stranded 12 runners, including the bases loaded in the fifth. Morrow struck out Hankerd and retired Duda on a fly ball to center to get out of the jam before being replaced after the sixth.

Golden Bears' head coach David Esquer was ejected in the top of the seventh inning after Chris Errecart took a strike despite asking for time.

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the finale on Sunday (April 9), also at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live, along with live video, at

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WP - Kennedy (3-4) LP - Burchett (0-1)T - 2:50 ATT - 581Records: CAL (16-14, 4-3), USC (18-14, 5-2)

Morrow, Bennigson (7), Burchett (9) and Bussiere.Kennedy and Bowden.

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