No. 5 Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 17-1

April 11, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5-ranked California baseball team suffered its worst loss of the 2008 season Friday night in Los Angeles, falling to USC, 17-1, at Dedeaux Field. The Golden Bears, who had just recently defeated Santa Clara, 16-8, on Wednesday, fell to 22-8-2 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10. The Trojans improved to 17-15 and 5-5 in league play.

Cal's standout junior right-hander Tyson Ross (5-1) took his first loss of the season, throwing 4.0 innings with 10 hits, six runs, three walks and six strikeouts. The winning pitcher for USC was Tommy Milone, who improved his record to 5-2 by throwing 7.0 innings with five hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts.

The Bears, who finished with five hits, got their lone run in the third inning off of Milone when junior left fielder Charlie Cutler had a two-out double to right field and scored on junior first baseman David Cooper's RBI single to center field.

Besides the third inning, the only other highlights for Cal were Cooper finishing the game 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson going 2-for-3. Grant Green and Derek Perron both had three-run homers for USC.

The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Apr. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

USC: Perron, three-run homer in the fourth inning. Green, three-run homer in the fifth inning.

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