No. 13 Cal Takes Series With 9-6 Win Over USC
April 3, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - Chadd Krist and Darrel Matthews had three RBI each Sunday as the No. 13 California Golden Bears beat the USC Trojans, 9-6, in Pac-10 action at Evans Diamond. California (19-6, 5-1) currently is in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings with Arizona State and UCLA.
Kyle Porter (2-0) picked up the win for the Golden Bears with two innings in relief as neither starter made it out of the fifth inning. USC (10-18, 2-4) committed two errors that led to three unearned runs with Logan Odom absorbing the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and two hit batters.
Five Trojans recorded two hits in the game, including Ricky Oropesa, who hit his fifth home run on the season with a solo shot in the seventh.
Kevin Roundtree doubled with one out in the USC first and scored on Oropesa's single to left. Garret Houts laid down a bunt single to plate Brandon Garcia in the second for a 2-0 lead. Odom hit Devon Rodriguez with a pitch in the bottom of the single as Mitch Delfino followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Matthews hit an RBI groundout to score Rodriguez and Andrew Knapp hit a ground ball that Trojan second baseman Joe De Pinto threw wildly to first, allowing Delfino to score the tying run.
Cal intentionally walked Oropesa to load the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Matt Foat pulled a two-run single to left for the 4-2 advantage. The Golden Bears answered when Marcus Semien and Tony Renda recorded back-to-back singles. Krist then ripped a two-run double down the third base line for the tying runs. James Roberts' fielding error kept the inning alive and Matthews flared a two-run double to left as the Golden Bears took the lead for good at 6-4.
After Roberts singled with one out in the sixth, Porter hit Houts and J.R. Aguirre in back-to-back situations to load the bases, but Landecker grounded an 0-1 pitch from Porter into the 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Oropesa's solo blast made it a one-run deficit, but Krist led off the seventh with a long at-bat against Matt Munson before hitting his own solo homer, his second of the season, to left. With a four-run lead in the ninth, Matt Flemer gave up singles to Landecker and Foat with two outs. De Pinto then hit a fly ball as center fielder Louie Lechich that was unable to reach in shallow right as the RBI double put runners at second and third. With Garcia representing the tying run at the plate, Flemer got him to hit a ground ball up the middle that Semien scooped up and fired to first to close out the series win.
USC hosts Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (April 5) at 3 p.m. before hosting Stanford in Pac-10 Conference action, Friday-Sunday (April 8-10). Friday and Saturday's games with the Cardinal begin at 6 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start for Sunday's series finale. All four games will feature a video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Ricky Oropesa now has 38 career home runs, two shy of fifth place on USC's all-time list (Morgan Ensberg)...Oropesa finished the series with a .417 average with three home runs and seven RBI...he leads the Trojans on the season in the Triple Crown categories with a .364 average, five home runs and 27 RBI...Garret Houts went 5-for-8 (.625) this weekend with two stolen bases.
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