USC Routs No. 5 Cal In Historic 17-1 Win
April 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior first baseman Derek Perren (Chatsworth/Granada Hills HS/L.A. Pierce College) recorded his first career four-hit and four-RBI game Friday as the USC Trojans routed the No. 5 California Golden Bears, 17-1, in a Pac-10 Conference series opener at Dedeaux Field. It was the most lopsided win by USC all-time against Cal in a series that first began in 1923.
USC (17-15, 5-5) recorded season-highs in runs and hits (23) as every starter in the lineup recorded at least one hit. Along with Perren's effort, sophomore catcher Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) registered his first career four-hit game as he went 4-for-4 with two RBI. The Trojans have won six of their last seven games with five of the victories coming against Top 25 opponents.
Despite the offensive outburst, junior left-hander Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) turned in another quality performance for the Trojans as he held off a Golden Bear squad with seven innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits. On the season, Milone is now 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA and has three conference wins against Top 25 opponents (No. 2 Arizona, No. 23 UCLA and No. 5 Cal).
Tyson Ross lasted just four innings for the Golden Bears as he was saddled with his first loss of the season. Ross (5-1), who entered the game with a 1.97 ERA, gave up six runs on 10 hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
After Hector Rabago walked in the second, Stock flared a fly ball down the left field line that just stayed fair for an RBI double to give the Trojans the first run of the contest. Buss later scored Stock with a single to right field for the 2-0 lead.
Charlie Cutler doubled in the top of the third, scoring on David Cooper's RBI single. However, USC answered with another run in the bottom half of the inning on Stock's RBI single.
The Trojans broke the game open in the fourth. Buss led off with a single and Green walked for runners at first and second before Perren launched a three-run shot to right with USC leading, 6-1.
It was another single and walk to lead off a Trojan inning in the fifth with Stock and Joe De Pinto getting on base. Buss moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Green followed with a three-run homer to left center, his third of the season. Perren and Mike Roskopf completed the five-run inning with RBI singles for the 11-1 advantage. USC completed the onslaught with a run in the seventh and four in the eighth.
The series continues tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. start and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com by video webcast, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
Notes: USC's 17 runs tied the most runs scored since a similar output on April 11, 2006, against UC Riverside...the 17 runs against Cal were the most since the Trojans beat the Golden Bears, 17-5, in 1979...tonight's 23 hits were the most by USC since Feb. 23, 2002, when the Trojans had 26 hits at UCLA...Tommy Milone has pitched seven or more innings in four of his last five starts...USC shortstop Grant Green went 2-for-3 with three RBI and extended his current hitting streak to seven games, batting .552 (16-for-29)...after USC opened the season 0-7 against Top 25 teams, the Trojans have gone 7-4 since then...USC has won five of the last six games against Top 25 opponents.
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