April 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Down 4-1 after the first inning, the California baseball team came back strong with nine runs in the next two innings and cruised to a 16-9 Pac-10 victory Friday night (April 9) at USC. The Golden Bears, who won their sixth straight game and fourth-straight conference contest, improved to 18-10 overall and 4-3 in league. The Trojans dipped to 15-15 and 2-5 in the Pac-10.
At the plate Cal was led by freshmen Mitch Delfino (3-for-5, two RBI), Jimmy Bosco (2-for-5, two doubles, three RBI) and Tony Renda (2-for-4, triple, two RBI); and sophomore Chad Bunting (3-for-4, RBI); as the Bears pounded out 18 hits. Cal's winning pitcher was sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson, who improved his record to 5-1 by throwing 5.1 innings with nine hits, four runs, three walks and nine strikeouts.
After Cal had scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, USC exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first off Johnson, highlighted by the Pac-10's leading home run hitter Ricky Oropesa's three-run shot (11th home run of the year).
But the Bears rallied back with three runs in the second inning, with the key hit being Bosco's two-run double to right field off Trojan starter Kevin Couture (2-1, 2.1 innings, nine hits, nine runs, seven earned runs, one strikeout), to tie the score, 4-4.
From there Cal scored the games' next 10 runs. In the third inning the Bears tallied six runs on six hits with the help of some Trojan miscues and an RBI single from Bunting, an RBI double by Bosco, and RBI single by Delfino and an RBI single by junior second baseman Brian Guinn.
Cal added another run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by junior first baseman Mark Canha, tacked on two more unearned runs in the fifth inning and had a run in the sixth inning on Renda's RBI triple. After USC scored five runs in the seventh inning to get within, 14-9, the Bears finished with two more runs in the top of the ninth on RBI by Delfino and Guinn.
Cal will next face USC in the second game of the three game series, Saturday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Saturday's game had originally been scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Cal: Canha, solo home run in the fourth inning.
USC: Oropesa, three-run homer in the first inning.