Athletics News

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                  Overall  Conference     Nat'l Rank          Last Week
    Baseball                28-10       11-7       8th (Base. Amer.)   def. UCLA, 8-7
                                                                       def. San Diego State, 13-6
                                                                       3-0 at Arizona State
    Men's Golf                ---       ---        3rd (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf              ---       ---        25th (Rolex)        none
    Men's Swimming & Diving   8-0       4-0 (2nd)  6th                 6th at NCAA Championships
    Men's Tennis             12-2       4-1        17th (Rolex)        def. Northwestern, 6-1
                                                                       def. Fresno State, 4-3
    Women's Tennis           7-10       0-5        30th (Rolex)        def. Washington, 7-2
                                                                       def. Oregon, 6-2
    Men's Track and Field     6-1       ---        10th (T&F News)     3-1 at home meet
    Women's Track and Field   7-0       ---         ---                3-0 at home meet (beat LSU)
    Men's Volleyball         11-9       8-7        10th (VB Mag.)      none
    Women's Water Polo       9-12       0-5        8th (coaches)       def. Maryland, 7-5
                                                                       lost to UC Santa Barbara, 4-2
    

    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 Soccer 15-5 4-3 (t4th) --- Isabelle Harvey Pac-10's top scorer Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 (2nd) 1st first-ever national championship 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

    This Week

    Tuesday: Baseball, at San Diego State, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Men's Volleyball, vs. San Diego State, North Gym, 7 p.m. Friday: Men's Tennis, vs. California, Marks Tennis Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Baseball, vs. Stanford, Dedeaux Field, 7 p.m. Women's Tennis, at California, 1:30 p.m. Women's Water Polo, at UCLA, 3 p.m. Women's Golf, at Ping ASU Invitational, through Sunday Saturday: Men's Tennis, vs. Stanford, Marks Tennis Stadium, 12 p.m. Baseball, vs. Stanford, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m. Women's Tennis, at Stanford, 12 p.m. Track, at Sun Angel Invitational at Arizona State, 11:30 a.m., or at Riverside Track Classic, 9:30 a.m. Sunday: Baseball, vs. Stanford, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m.

    Baseball
    USC went undefeated last week, going 5-0 while playing 5 games in 6 days. The Trojans defeated UCLA on Monday (8-7), topped San Diego State (13-6) on Tuesday and then swept Arizona State at Tempe (for the first sweep at ASU since 1991), winning 12-7, 15-4 and 11-7.

    In the opener at Arizona State, the Sun Devils took a 7-0 lead after the second inning but the Trojans rallied back, scoring a run in the fifth and a season-best 10 runs in the seventh as Troy went on to win 12-7. Randy Flores went the distance (his 19th career complete game) and picked up his 40th career win (to tie for the top spot on USC's career win list).

    In game 2, the Trojans jumped out to a 12-1 lead and went on to win 15-4. Senior first baseman Greg Walbridge was 4-for-6 with 4 RBI and senior left fielder Jason Brown added 6 RBI, hitting his second grand slam in a week.

    In the finale, USC got back-to-back home runs from junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg and Walbridge in the first inning as the Trojans went on to win 11-7. Sophomore righthander Steve Immel picked up his second win of the week.

    On Monday, the Trojans won an 8-7 battle over UCLA at Dedeaux Field. Brown's double and a subsequent error by the right fielder allowed Walbridge to score in the eighth inning and break a 7-7 tie.

    Men's Swimming and Diving
    Led by junior Lenny Krayzelburg's NCAA title in the 200 back (1:41.10, a pool record), the Trojans placed sixth in the NCAA Championships at the Minnesota Aquatic Center over the weekend. Auburn won its first national title, and USC improved one spot on its seventh-place finish of a year ago.

    Krayzelburg's title was the USC men's first since diver Brian Earley won the platform competition in 1994 and it was the first swimming title since David Wharton won the 400 IM in 1991.

    Other All-American individual performances came in the 500 free (sophomore Bela Szabados was fourth, senior Kent Johnson was fifth and senior Jeff Julian was sixth), 100 back (Krayzelburg was second) and 200 fly (Julian was second).

    Men's Tennis
    USC picked up 2 impressive wins last week, including a 4-3 win at Fresno State, the first home loss by the Bulldogs since 1993. Earlier, the Trojans posted a 6-1 win over Northwestern at Marks Tennis Stadium. Three of the singles wins against the Wildcats came after the Trojans lost the first set. Juniors George Bastl and Kyle Spencer and freshman Patrick Gottesleben each had 2 singles wins, and the doubles teams won 4 out of 6 matches.

    Women's Tennis
    The Women of Troy had a good week, winning back-to-back matches against Washington, 7-2, and Oregon, 6-2, at Marks Tennis Stadium. Junior Pam Trump, sophomores Ditta Huber and Karolina Baklarova and freshmen Veronika Safarova and Jacqui Boyd all won a pair of singles matches. The Women of Troy also won 4 out of 6 doubles matches.

    Men's and Women's Track
    The Women of Troy upset 10-time defending NCAA champion LSU, 79-66, while the Tiger men edged the Trojans by winning the final event, 80-79, in a 5-team meet at Cromwell Field on Saturday. The Women of Troy also won the 4-way portion of the meet, scoring 86 points to LSU's 70, Long Beach State's 17 and Air Force's 11. The LSU men had 97 points to USC's 94, Air Force's 52.5, Iowa's 33 and Long Beach State's 24.5.

    USC junior Carrie Martin was a triple winner, capturing the women's hammer throw (163-10), shot put (46-11 1/2) and discus throw (157-6). Other women's winners included sophomore Pamela Simpson in the long jump (19-11 1/2), freshman Emelie Fardigh in the high jump (6-0), sophomore Grazyna Penc in the 800 meters (2:07.99) and sophomore Torri Edwards in the 100 meters (11.35).

    The USC men's 1600-meter relay team of freshman DeJon Joyner, freshman Ray Carter, sophomore Jerome Davis and senior Isaac Turner won the race and set a Cromwell Field record with a 3:05.44 clocking. Other Trojan men's winners included sophomore William Erese in the 110-meter hurdles (14.02), Turner in the 800 meters (1:49.86), Davis in the 400 (46.00), freshman Henrik Kjaereng in the javelin (215-0) and freshman Kedjeloba Mambo in the triple jump (50-1 3.4).

    Women's Water Polo
    Senior Christina McCall and sophomore Kellie Clarke scored goals to give USC an early 2-0 lead at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, but the Gauchos came back to earn a 4-2 MPSF win. On Tuesday, The Trojans defeated Maryland, 7-5, as McCall scored 3 goals and junior driver Miranda Lim added 2. McCall's scored the game's first 2 goals and her third was the contest's final goal, with 52 seconds left.

    Athletes of the Week

    Lenny Krayzelburg, Men's Swimming
    Krayzelburg, a junior, won the 200 back at the NCAA Championships and set a pool record of 1:41.10 to give the Trojans their only title.

    Carrie Martin, Track and Field
    Martin, a junior, won three events at USC's home meet on Saturday: the hammer throw (163-10), shot put (46-11 1/2) and discus (157-6).

    Greg Walbridge, Baseball
    Walbridge, a senior first baseman, back after missing 3 games due to a perforated eardrum, hit safely in all 5 games last week. He was 11-for-27 (.407) with 5 doubles, a home run and a USC-best 11 RBI.