March 29, 2013
BERKELEY - The Cal baseball team jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but yielded nine runs in the last six innings to drop a 9-5 decision to USC Friday night (March 29) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who got a two-run homer in the first inning from junior catcher Andrew Knapp, dropped to 15-12 overall and 4-4 in Pac-12 play.
USC, coached by former Cal pitching coach Dan Hubbs, improved to 11-15 and are also 4-4 in conference. The Trojans won Thursday's night game, 4-3, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The final game will be Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. at Evans Diamond and will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
The contest started in the Bears' favor early when junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp was hit by a Wyatt Strahan (1-1, 6.0 innings, six hits, four runs, three earned runs, four walks, one strikeout) pitch to reach base and then scored on Knapp's two-run homer over the right field fence. Cal added another run in the second inning when sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney scored on a passed ball by Trojan catcher Garrett Stubbs.
USC came back to tie the game, 3-3, with three runs in the fourth inning off of Bear senior left-hander Justin Jones (1-3, 4.1 innings, eight hits, six runs, five earned runs, no walks, three strikeouts). Cal briefly took back the lead on an RBI single by freshman center fielder Devin Pearson, but the Trojans broke the game open with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning and three more runs in the eighth inning.
Finally after trailing 9-4, the Bears mustered a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a fielder's choice RBI by junior first baseman Devon Rodriguez.
Knapp, who also had a single in the fifth inning, finished the evening 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Preston was 1-for-4 with an RBI after getting a pair of hits in Thursday night's game - the first ever night game at Evans Diamond.