March 28, 2013
BERKELEY - In an historic evening for Cal baseball, the Golden Bears dropped a 4-3 decision to USC in front of 2,133 fans in the first ever night game at Evans Diamond. Despite the loss, it was a memorable day for David Esquer's program in front of a packed house in a stadium built in 1933.
Cal (15-11, 4-3) made an impressive comeback by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, 3-3, on an RBI single by junior catcher Andrew Knapp and a bases loaded walk by freshman designated hitter Nick Halamandaris.
Unfortunately for the Bears, USC (10-15, 3-4) scored a run in the top of the ninth inning when Adam Landecker hit a ball off Cal reliever Trevor Hildenberger that dribbled down the third base line and scored Timmy Robinson for the game-winner. A two-out single by Greg Zebrack had advanced Robinson to third base. It was the Bears' first home loss of the 2013 season after winning seven straight home contests to start the year.
The Trojans, who are coached by former Cal pitching coach Dan Hubbs (2000-11), scored a run in the first inning off of Bear freshman right-hander Ryan Mason (7.0 innings, six hits, two earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts). USC's Greg Zebrack led off the game with a double, and eventually scored on Landecker's RBI groundout.
The Trojans jumped to a 3-1 lead by scoring a run in the fifth inning on an AJ Ramirez solo home run, and a run in the sixth inning on James Roberts' RBI single. The Bears got the crowd excited by getting three consecutive one-out singles by Reuvekamp, junior first baseman Devon Rodriguez and Knapp in the eighth inning.
The two teams will next play the second ever night game at Evans Diamond, Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Game three of the series will be Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. at Evans Diamond and will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.