LOS ANGELES – Sophomore right-hander Ryan Mason threw his first collegiate complete game and senior left fielder Vince Bruno went 3-4 with two RBI as Cal topped USC, 4-1, Sunday at Dedeaux Field. With the win, the Golden Bears (21-25, 9-15) won their second consecutive Pac-12 road series after defeating the Trojans (26-22, 14-13), 11-4, Saturday night. Cal had dropped a 2-1 decision to USC Friday night.
Mason improved his record to 5-1 by going 9.0 innings with only six hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts. Bruno paced the Bears by RBI singles in Cal’s three-run first inning and in the eighth inning.
The Bears scored three runs in the first inning off of Trojan starter Bob Wheatley (4-3. 1.0 inning, three hits, three runs, one walk) when Wheatley started the game by hitting Cal lead-off hitter Aaron Knapp and walking senior catcher Mike Reuvekamp. Senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez, who had homered twice in Saturday’s win, got an RBI single, scoring Knapp. After a sacrifice bunt by Brenden Farney, freshman third baseman Lucas Erceg then singled home Reuvekamp, and Bruno later scored Rodriguez with a two-out single to right field.
Mason’s only run yielded to USC was in the fifth inning when Kevin Swick hit a sacrifice fly to make the score, 3-1. The Bears were able to get an insurance run in the eighth inning when junior shortstop Derek Campbell had a one-out triple and scored on Bruno’s RBI single through the middle of the infield.
"Ryan Mason was outstanding today," said Cal coach David Esquer. "I have never seen him better. It was a gutty complete game effort. Vince Bruno and Devon Rodriguez both had big RBI and both had big defensive plays."
Cal will next host Arizona (19-30, 8-19) in a three-game Pac-12 series, May 16-18, at Evans Diamond. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks Bay Area, with game times at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.