April 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The California baseball team (20-10, 6-3) won its eighth straight game and completed its second straight Pac-10 sweep as the Golden Bears defeated USC, 4-3, Sunday, April 11 at Dedeaux Field. Led by solid start from sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson and exceptional relief pitching from sophomore Matt Flemer, Cal swept the Trojans (15-17, 2-7) for the first time in Los Angeles since the Pac-10 went to a three-game format in 1972. Junior second baseman Brian Guinn went 3-for-4 and had the eventual game-winning RBI in the sixth inning.
As a result of the Bears' sweep over USC (scores 16-8, 7-1, 4-3), Cal is currently tied with No. 1-ranked Arizona State, who lost two-of-three at Washington State this weekend, for the Pac-10 lead with a 6-3 mark. The Bears' eight straight wins is the most since Cal won nine-straight during the 2008 campaign. It was the Bears' first Pac-10 road sweep since winning three-straight at Washington State (5-1, 5-4, 6-5 in 10 innings) March 22-25, 2002 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Anderson improved his record to 3-1 by throwing 7.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, two walks and a strikeout. Flemer continues to excel out of the bullpen as he earned his second save of the season by going the final 2.1 innings with no hits and two strikeouts. He had entered the game in the eighth inning with the tying run on third base and one out, but was able to get a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
The Bears scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when junior first baseman Mark Canha hit a two-out homer to center field off USC starter Andrew Triggs (1-5, 7.2 innings, nine hits, four runs, two walks, seven strikeouts). Canha finished the weekend 7-for-13 with two home runs.
The Trojans came back with a run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single to center field by Matt Hart off Anderson, but Cal notched two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single to center field by freshman third baseman Mitch Delfino and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch by sophomore left fielder Danny Oh.
The Bears tacked on another run in the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien knocked a two-out double down the left field line and was scored by Guinn's key RBI single to center. Semien's run ended up being crucial as USC mounted a final comeback when Matt Foat and Brandon Garcia had back-to-back RBI singles off Cal reliever Brian Diemer, before Flemer was able to get out the Bears out of the eighth inning jam.
The Bears next return home to Evans Diamond for a three-game Pac-10 series versus Washington, beginning Friday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Cal: Canha, solo home run in the first inning.