cal Baseball Defeats USC, 4-3, on Brady's Ninth Inning Home Run
May 19, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Sophomore shortstop Michael Brady hit a lead-off homer to left field off of USC reliever Hector Rabago in the bottom of the ninth inning to give California a 4-3 victory over the Trojans Saturday afternoon in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 26-24 overall and 9-10 in the Pac-10, while USC fell to 26-24 and 8-11 in conference.
Brady, who finished the day 2-for-3, hit the game-winner on a 1-1 pitch from Rabago (2-1, 1.1 innings, one hit, one run, two walks). The game had been a back-and-forth affair, with USC leaving 14 runners on base and Cal eight runners. It was Brady's third home run of the season after hitting two home runs versus Arizona State Apr. 29. Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler and sophomore first baseman David Cooper also had two hits apiece for the Bears.
In the seventh, the Trojans had scored a run in the top of the inning on an RBI single to left field off of Cal's winning pitcher and top reliever, Matt Gorgen (3-4, 2.2 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts). But, the Bears were able to rally for a run in the bottom of the seventh when Cutler had a two-out RBI single down the left field line off of USC starter Brad Boxberger (6.2 innings, nine hits, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts) that scored senior third baseman Brett Munster to tie the contest, 3-3.
The Trojans had started the day's scoring by pushing a run across in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Michael Torres off of Cal's No. 1 starter Tyson Ross. The Bears came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI double down the left field line by freshman center fielder Brett Jackson, and a sacrifice fly to right field by junior second baseman Josh Satin. The Trojans tied it, 2-2, in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by Hector Estrella and Nick Boss off of Ross.
Only a sophomore, Ross (6.1 innings, 10 hits, three runs, six walks, nine strikeouts) now has 202 career strikeouts, ninth on the Bear's all-time list. For the 2007 season, he has 117 strikeouts, the third-best single-season strikeout mark in Cal history.
Cal will next host USC in the second game of the series, Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Brady, solo home run in the ninth inning.