Trojans Drop Tough Game One in Walkoff Fashion at Cal, 13-9|
April 22, 2017
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Trojans fought back to take a lead against California with a five-run eighth inning, but the Golden Bears came back, walking the Trojans off in the bottom of the ninth to take game one of the series, 13-9.
Despite five Golden Bear (17-18, 9-7 Pac-12) errors in the game, the Trojans (18-18, 5-8 Pac-12) were unable to take a clear advantage with all the defensive miscues.
Both Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and Brandon Perez (Newport Beach, Ca-lif./Mater Dei HS) had two hits on the day, each driving in a run, while Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Ca-lif./Tustin HS) had one hit with two RBIs.
The Trojans got to Golden Bear starter Jared Horn in the first, tallying three runs on four hits, taking advantage of the first Cal error of the day.
However, the 3-0 lead was short-lived for the Trojans, as starter Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Ca-lif./Newbury Park HS) uncharacteristically walked the first two batters of the game and then gave up a three-run home run to Andrew Vaughn. Then after Tanner Dodson reached on a wild pitch strikeout and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher, he came home on an RBI ground out to make it 4-3 Golden Bears. Clarke was pulled with two outs for reliever Austin Manning (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS).
Manning was outstanding in the long-relief effort, going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits with six walks and four strikeouts, keeping the Trojans in the game.
After a two-run fourth inning for the Golden Bears, the Trojans added one in the sixth to make it a 6-4 ball-game, as Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) came home on a wild pitch.
The Bears added one in the seventh to push the lead to 7-4, but reliever Mason Perryman (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS) was able to limit the damage to just one as he entered with one on and one out in the inning.
The Trojans piled on in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of major defensive miscues by the Golden Bears, scoring their five runs on three hits with two errors in the inning. The Trojans took a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Trojan closer Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS) was uncharacteristically unable to lock down the game, however, as a monster two-run home run by Denis Karas tied the ballgame, 9-9.
The Trojans had a chance in the top of the ninth, as Dempster reached to lead off the inning on a fielding error on a high pop up by the shortstop. However, the Trojans were unable to bring him home, leaving him stranded.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dyrda gave up a leadoff double and then allowed a bunt single to Preston Grand Pre as he was unable to get the lead runner at 3rd. After a ground out and a big strikeout, a walk loaded the bases for the Golden Bears with two outs. Then Dyrda had the hitter Vaughn down to his last strike with a 2-2 count, but he homered to right, his second of the day, as the Golden Bears walked the Trojans off with a grand slam, 13-9.
The Trojans and Golden Bears will be back in action on Saturday for game two of the series at 6 p.m. PT at Evans Diamond.