LOS ANGELES – Despite a complete game from freshman right-hander Daulton Jefferies, Cal baseball fell, 2-1, to USC Friday night at Dedeaux Field. The Golden Bears (19-25, 7-15) scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by freshman Aaron Knapp in the second inning, but then Jefferies yielded two runs to the host Trojans (26-20, 14-11) in the fifth inning.
Cal had a shot to tie the game in the sixth when junior shortstop Derek Campbell led off the inning with a double and was advanced to third base on a sacrificed bunt by Brenden Farney. Unfortunately for the Bears, senior designated hitter Vince Bruno lined out to second base and Brian Celsi flew out to center field to end the inning.
Jefferies (2-6) ended up throwing 8.0 innings with six hits, two runs, no walks and six strikeouts. He gave up the two runs to USC in the fifth inning when Blake Lacy led off with a single. Timmy Robinson then had a one-out RBI triple and later scored on Reggie Southall’s two-out infield single.
Cal out-hit USC, 7-6. Wyatt Strahan (5-4, five hits, one run, four walks, eight strikeouts) earned the win for the Trojans, while Kyle Davis (1.0 inning, one hit, no runs, one walk, one strikeout) picked up his seventh save.
The Bears will face the Trojans in the second game of the three-game Pac-12 series Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.