Baseball Rallies to Beat California, 14-13
April 18, 1998
LOS ANGELES -The No. 6 USC baseball team survived a 9-0 deficit and five California home runs as the Trojans defeated the Golden Bears, 14-13, in a Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division game on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
USC, which won the first game of this three-game series on Friday night, 10-0, improved to 31-12 overall and 16-7 in the Six-Pac. Cal fell to 14-26, 2-20.
The Trojans trailed, 13-10, entering the bottom of the eighth but scored four runs on just three hits. After junior CF Greg Hanoian singled with one out, the second out was made. But senior 3B Morgan Ensberg singled, junior DH Jason Lane walked to load the bases and senior LF Jeremy Freitas followed with a two-run single.
Cal sophomore RHP Brad Steele (1-2) was pulled in favor of freshman RHP Rob Meyer, but Meyer threw a wild pitch to advance sophomore Kevin Schultz (who was pinch-running for Lane) to third base and Freitas to second base. After an intentional walk to freshman SS Seth Davidson, both junior RF Brad Ticehurst and sophomore C Josh Townsend walked with the bases loaded to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.
USC senior RHP Jack Krawczyk pitched the ninth to earn his 15th save. Senior RHP Steve Immel (4-1) got the win in relief.
The Bears scored three runs in the first on a three-run home run by senior DH Aaron Gordnier, once in the second inning on an RBI single by sophomore CF Juan Hernandez and five times in the third inning with the help of a three-run home run by sophomore LF Curtis Johnson and and solo shot by freshman 2B Clint Hoover.
USC scored seven times in the bottom of the third as junior 1B Robb Gorr had an RBI single, Ensberg had a two-run double and Davidson hit a grand slam to make it 9-7.
The Bears pushed the lead back up to 13-7 with four runs in the fifth inning, as both freshman SS Xavier Nady and Gordnier hit two-run home runs (Gordnier's second of the day). USC added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth on a two-run home run by Gorr.
Davidson and Ensberg each went 3-for-4 for the Trojans, while Nady went 3-for-5 for the Bears.
USC and Cal end the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
CAL 315-040-000 --- 13-13-0
USC 007-012-04x --- 14-14-3
Shirley, Cuccias (6), Steele (7), Meyer (8) and Hill.
Penney, Jones (3), Immel (4), Krawczyk (9) and DePippo, Townsend (8).
WP -- Immel (4-1) LP -- Steele (1-2) SV -- Krawczyk (15)
HR: USC -- Davidson (4), Gorr (8); CAL -- Gordnier 2 (6), Nady (10), C. Johnson (2), Hoover (3).