Baseball Sweeps California with 5-2 Win
April 19, 1998
LOS ANGELES - Freshman RHP Rik Currier pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters as the No. 6 USC baseball team defeated California, 5-2, in a Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division game on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
With the victory, USC swept the season series from the Bears (six games). USC improved to 32-12 overall and 17-7 in the Six-Pac. California dropped to 14-27, 2-21.
The Trojans struck first in the second inning on a single by freshman SS Seth Davidson, an RBI triple by senior LF Jeremy Freitas and an RBI bunt single by junior RF Brad Ticehurst, giving USC a 2-0 lead.
The Bears answered back in the fifth on senior DH Aaron Gordnier's seventh home run of the season (and third of the series) to left field to close the gap to 2-1.
The Trojans added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by senior 2B Wes Rachels, then scored two more runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Freitas and an RBI groundout by Ticehurst to increase the lead to 5-1.
California scored again in the seventh on an RBI single by freshman 2B Clint Hoover, which scored sophomore LF Curtis Johnson, to close the gap to 5-2, but the Bears would come no closer.
Senior RHP Jack Krawczyk pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save of the season, a figure that leads the nation. Currier (4-1) earned the win, giving up six hits, two runs and one walk.
California freshman RHP Ryan Atkinson (1-6) pitched the first complete game of his career in the loss, giving up 10 hits and just one intentional walk in eight innings while striking out one.
Davidson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Trojans, and went 9-for-12 overall in the series. Freitas and Ticehurst added two hits and two RBI apiece. For the Bears, Johnson and Hoover had two hits each.
USC travels to San Diego State on Tuesday (April 21) for a 5 p.m. game, then meets crosstown rival UCLA in a three- game series next weekend (April 24-26).
CAL 000-010-100 --- 2-7-1
USC 020-012-00x --- 5-10-1
Atkinson and Hill.
Currier, Lane (7), Krawczyk (9) and DePippo.
WP -- Currier (4-1) LP -- Atkinson (1-6) SV -- Krawczyk (16)
HR: CAL -- Gordnier (7).