No. 5 Cal Baseball Loses at USC, 11-5

April 12, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5-ranked California baseball team lost its second game in-a-row for only the second time this season, losing at USC, 11-5, Saturday at Dedeaux Field. The Golden Bears, who had fallen to the Trojans, 17-1, Friday night, fell to 22-9-2 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10. The Trojans improved to 18-15 and 6-5 in league play.

Cal struggled both offensively and on the mound for the second time against USC. The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior left-hander Craig Bennigson (3-1), who gave up three runs in the first inning and lost his first game of the year, pitching 3.0 innings with seven hits, six runs, three walks and two strikeouts. The winning pitcher for the Trojans was starter Brad Boxberger (2-1), who went 8.0 innings with five hits, three runs, two walks and seven strikeouts. Cal freshman right-hander Kevin Miller gave up his first earned runs of the season (after throwing 42.1 innings) in the sixth when he gave up a grand slam to Mike Roskopf.

The Bears scored two runs in the second inning to get within one run, when sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson singled to center and scored on sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus' triple. Cal later added a run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson.

Cal added another run in the fourth inning when Jackson doubled to left, advanced to third on a passed ball by USC catcher Robert Stock, and scored on Kobernus' RBI groundout. Finally in the ninth, the Bears made the score 11-5 when freshman Austin Booker scored on Trojans' reliever Jordan Hershiser's balk. Sophomore Rich Gorman later knocked in Tonneson, who had doubled, with an RBI single. Jackson, Gorman and Tonneson finished with two hits apiece for Cal.

The Bears will next try to salvage the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Apr. 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

USC: Roskopf, grand slam in the sixth inning.

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