USC Falls To Cal 5-4 After Late Rally

    Sophomore Kevin Swick hit his first home run as a Trojan Thursday night.

    April 5, 2012

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    LOS ANGELES -- The USC baseball team fell to Cal 5-4 after giving up the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning Thursday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans fall to 17-10 overall and 3-6 in Pac-12 play while the Bears improve to 17-10 and 2-5 in conference.

    USC slowly built a 4-0 lead scoring one run in the second through fifth innings but it wasn't enough to hold off a late surge from Cal.

    Senior Brandon Garcia put the Trojans on the board with a hard liner to right in the second inning to score Jake Hernandez from third and take a 1-0 lead.

    Back in the lineup after missing Tuesday's game due to illness, Matt Foat delivered in the third with an RBI single through the left side to plate Dante Flores and go up 2-0.

    Kevin Swick continued to be one of the Trojans most consistent and productive players as he belted his first career home run, an opposite field shot off the score board in right, to give USC a bit of a cushion at 3-0 in the fourth inning.

    Swick carried the momentum over to the field as he made a terrific diving snare and fired to first to rob Cal's Chad Bunting of a hit in the fifth.

    Freshman lefty Stephen Tarpley tossed 4.2 hitless innings before allowing a double to Chris Paul later in the inning.

    USC added one more run in the fifth as Kevin Roundtree singled to left to score Adam Landecker (3-for-5) and stretch the lead to 4-0.



    Things began to unravel in the sixth when Cal loaded the bases with no outs on an error, a single and a walk. Trying to work out of the jam, Tarpley walked in two runs before being lifted for Garcia. Garcia came on to strike out Paul but Cal had cut the lead in half at 4-2.

    The Bears pushed another run across in the seventh when Vince Bruno singled off Garcia to score Danny Oh from second base.

    Martin Viramontes pitched a scoreless eighth for USC before giving way to Wyatt Strahan as the Trojans entered the ninth up 4-3.

    Bruno led off the inning with a single to left and stole second to get in scoring position for Mitch Delfino. Delfino didn't disappoint as he singled to center to tie the game 4-4. Tony Renda followed with a double down the third base line to bring Delfino all the way around from first and take a 5-4 lead.

    Joey Donofrio closed it out for Cal as he struck out the side in the ninth to seal the victory.

    The two teams meet again tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field in game two of the series as Andrew Triggs faces Cal's Matt Flemer.