Baseball Defeats Cal
March 28, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team lost its sixth-straight game and its 12th conference game with a 7-6, 10-inning loss to No. 2 ranked USC Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 12-17 overall and 0-12 in the Six-Pac, while the Trojans won their 10th-straight game and improve to 26-5 and 12-2 in conference. It was Cal's sixth one-run loss of the year and its second loss in extra-innings.
Seth Davidson laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 10th inning with the bases loaded, scoring pinch runner Dominic Correa, to give USC the hard-fought 7-6 win. The Bears had held a 6-3 lead going into the top of eighth innings, but the Trojans scored three times in eighth off of Cal relievers Brad Steele and Jason Dennis. Steele surrendered a lead-off double to Morgan Ensberg and a two-run homer to Jeremy Freitas before getting Jason Lane to ground out to short. Dennis then came in and after striking out Brad Ticehurst, gave up a solo home run to pinch hitter Jeff DePippo to tie the game, 6-6. Both teams failed to score in the ninth.
Jack Krawczyk earned his 13th save of the season for USC by pitching the bottom of the 10th and striking out Xavier Nady and Jason Hill, before forcing David Sark to ground out to the pitcher. The winning pitcher for the Trojans was reliever Steve Immel, who came in in the seventh and pitched 2.7 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was Dennis, who went the final 2.7 innings with four hits, one earned run, two walks and two strikeouts.
A leading hitter for USC was Lane, who went 4-for-5, and Davidson (2-for-4, double) and Freitas (2-for-5, home run) had two RBI apiece. The Bears top hitters were Aaron Gordnier (3-for-4, double, a home run, two RBI) and Hill (2-for-4).
Cal will host USC in the third game of the three game series, Sunday, Mar. 29 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Trojans had defeated the Bears, 10-6, Friday.
Home Runs: USC: Freitas, two-run homer in the eighth. DePippo, solo home run in the eighth. Cal: Gordnier, solo home run in the sixth.