Krist's home run powers Bears over USC

Photo: Austin Booker went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Cal's 9-6 victory over USC on Sunday. The senior outfielder is hitting .333 this season and has 11 RBI.Austin Booker went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Cal's 9-6 victory over USC on Sunday. The senior outfielder is hitting .333 this season and has 11 RBI.
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Austin Booker went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Cal's 9-6 victory over USC on Sunday. The senior outfielder is hitting .333 this season and has 11 RBI.Austin Booker went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Cal's 9-6 victory over USC on Sunday. The senior outfielder is hitting .333 this season and has 11 RBI.

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Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, Chadd Krist knew that he needed to back up his words and to do so, he was willing to foul off every ball left at Evans Diamond until he got his pitch.

Just a half-inning earlier, the Cal catcher was barking at USC's Ricky Oropesa for admiring a long home run that the burly Trojan first baseman pulverized out of Evans Diamonds and into neighboring Edwards Stadium. Now, Krist needed to make the visitors pay.

After battling through eleven pitches with USC reliever Matt Munson, Krist sent the 12th delivery over the left field fence for his first home run of the season and never broke stride.

Anchored by three RBI from both Krist and Darrel Matthews, the Cal baseball team came back from a pair of two-run deficits and knocked off the Trojans, 9-6, on Sunday.

The Bears (19-6, 5-1 in the Pac-10) won their second consecutive conference series despite losing the opening game on Friday.

Sunday's victory also marked the first time that Cal has won consecutive series against USC since 2003-2004.

"I wanted to do something big," Krist said of his home run. "I didn't want a base hit or a walk because then (Oropesa) would have to slap a few tags on me. I was thinking a double, a home run or I was going to strike out."

A hard fought and occasionally chippy affair, Cal chalked up one of its most impressive victories of the season, overcoming a relatively lackluster outing from starting pitcher Dixon Anderson by fending off an aggressive Trojan lineup and getting timely hits from the bottom of the order.

USC (10-18, 2-4) struck first with runs in the first two innings on a bloop single by Oropesa and a suicide squeeze by Garrett Houts. The Trojans were active on the basepaths in the early going and even had a second suicide squeeze attempt broken up for an out. Cal coach David Esquer complimented USC's strong play despite its subpar record.

"They played us as tough as anybody has all year because they played aggressively," Esquer said. "They were fearless offensively with their squeeze plays, their hitting and running and their slashing. They kept us on our toes and they executed quite a bit."

Cal also benefited from two USC errors that resulted in three unearned runs for losing pitcher Logan Odom.

After USC shortstop James Roberts couldn't handle a Mitch Delfino grounder that would have ended the inning, left fielder Darrel Matthews took an Odom inside fastball out to left field.

The two-RBI double broke a 4-4 tie to give Cal a lead it would not surrender. Ninth hitter Austin Booker gave the Bears two clutch insurance runs in the seventh after lacing a Chad Smith offering down the left field line that extended Cal's lead to four.

"We tell ourselves that we have to pitch and play defense and we got to have a different hero every night," Esquer said. "We don't need the same guys to lead."

Tags: CAL BASEBALL, DAVID ESQUER, DIXON ANDERSON, CHADD KRIST






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