May 27, 1997
The Week in Review / Preview
Wednesday: Men's Golf, at NCAA Championships, at Northwestern, through Saturday
USC lost to Virginia Tech, 3-2, in the opener on Thursday despite senior righthander Scott Henderson's good outing. On Friday, senior lefthander Randy Flores got his 42nd career win and ran his lifetime postseason record to 7-0 in a complete-game win over Troy State, 5-2. USC won twice on Saturday, with a 6-2 win over Virginia Tech and a 13-4 victory over North Carolina State. Sophomore righthander Steve Immel and junior righthander Seth Etherton got the wins, respectively.
Because the game against the Wolfpack had been delayed 3 1/2 hours by rain, it didn't end until nearly 1:30 a.m. CT, meaning the Trojans had to come back and play the Crimson Tide in less than 12 hours. The game went back and forth until Alabama's Matt Frick hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to end it.
Etherton, senior first baseman Greg Walbridge, junior second baseman Wes Rachels, senior shortstop Marc Mirizzi and sophomore outfielder Robb Gorr were named to the All-Regional team.
Men's and Women's Track and Field
Individual winners for USC included sophomore Jerome Davis (men's 400m, 45.52), senior Isaac Turner (men's 800m, 1:48.11), sophomore William Erese (men's 110m HH, 14.02), freshman Kedjeloba Mambo (men's triple jump, 52-11), sophomore Esi Benyarku (women's 100m, 11.77), sophomore Grazyna Penc (women's 800m, 2:05.94, and 1500m, 4:23.64) and sophomore Pamela Simpson (women's long jump, 20-11 1/4).
Bastl, ranked No. 20 going into the tournament, won his first 5 matches before losing in the final to Luke Smith of UNLV, 6-4, 6-3. Bastl and Spencer won 4 matches before losing to UNLV's Smith and Tim Blenkiron, 6-4, 6-4, in the final.
Athletes of the Week
George Bastl, Men's Tennis
Kedjeloba Mambo, Men's Track
Wes Rachels, Baseball
Pamela Simpson, Women's Track
Sport Record Conf. Record Nat'l Rank Last Week Baseball 39-18 17-13 (3rd) 10th (Base. Amer.) second at NCAA South II Regional Men's Golf -- 3rd 3rd (Golfweek) none Men's Tennis 18-6 6-4 (3rd) 14th (Rolex) Bastl second at NCAA singles/doubles Men's Track and Field 7-2 1st 22nd (Trackwire) first at Pac-10 Championships Women's Track and Field 8-1 2nd 7th (Trackwire) second at Pac-10 Championships Season Complete Record Conf. Finish Nat'l Finish Notes Men's Basketball 17-11 12-6 (t2nd) -- first NCAA berth since 1992 Women's Basketball 20-9 13-5 (3rd) -- reached second round of NCAAs Women's Cross Country -- 6th -- Emebet Shiferaw an All-American Football 6-6 3-5 (t5th) -- def. Notre Dame, 27-20 (OT) Women's Golf -- 6th 24th (Rolex) Josefsson All-Pac-10 hon. men. Women's Soccer 15-5 4-3 (t4th) -- Isabelle Harvey Pac-10's top scorer Men's Swimming & Diving 8-0 4-0 (2nd) 6th Krayzelburg NCAA champ in 200 back Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 (2nd) 1st first-ever national championship Women's Tennis 8-15 0-10 (6th) 34th (Rolex) Baklarova All-Pac-10 hon. men. Men's Volleyball 12-12 9-10 (9th) 13th (VB Mag.) Guigliano, Seiffert, All-MPSF hon. men. Women's Volleyball 21-9 12-6 (t3rd) 13th (AVCA) reached round of 16 in NCAAs Men's Water Polo 23-3 7-1 (1st) 2nd Cizmic, Zagar first team All-Americans Women's Water Polo 15-20 0-6 (5th) 7th 7th at National Championships