Cal Bests No. 25 USC Baseball in Sunday Pitcher's Duel, 3-2
LOS ANGELES – A Sunday afternoon pitcher's duel went the way of the Cal Golden Bears as they beat the No. 25 USC baseball team 3-2 at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans got the tying run on base each of the last three innings, but couldn't mount a late comeback. USC falls to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Cal improves to 10-9, 3-3.
The teams traded the lead three times over the first five innings, but both offenses went scoreless the rest of the way as the arms shut things down.
Cal got on the board first with a run in the second thanks to an RBI double from Keshawn Ogans. USC responded in the bottom of the third when Tyler Lozano hit a two-run shot to right, putting the Trojans up 2-1. A two-run fifth for Cal secured the lead for good, however, as Cole Elvis drove in a pair.
Carson lambert took over on the mound for USC to get the final out of the sixth and then tossed 3.0 scoreless frames the rest of the way. Charlie Hurley gave up three runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings as the Trojan starter.
Cal's Ian May also threw 5.2 innings to pick up the win and three Bear relievers kept USC off the board late.
- Carson Lambert: 3.1 IP, H, 0R, BB, K
- Tyler Lozano: 2-R HR
The Trojans host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then hit the road for Oregon starting on Friday. Tuesday's game will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via USCTrojans.com and the series at Oregon will also be streamed on Pac-12+ via GoDucks.com. Links to follow can be found on the baseball schedule page.