Athletics News

    May 5, 1997

    The Week in Review/Preview

    Sport                  Overall      Conference      Nat'l Rank         Last Week
    Baseball                37-18       17-13 (3rd)   12th (Base. Amer.)   def. UC Santa Barbara, 23-5
    Men's Golf                ---         ---          3rd (Golfweek)      none
    Women's Golf              ---         6th         24th (Rolex)         none
    Men's Tennis             16-5         6-4 (3rd)   17th (Rolex)         none
    Women's Tennis           8-15        0-10 (6th)   33rd (Rolex)         none
    Men's Track and Field     7-2         ---         21st (Trackwire)     def. BYU, lost to UCLA
    Women's Track and Field   8-1         ---          5th (Trackwire)     def. BYU, lost to UCLA
    Women's Water Polo      13-18         0-6 (5th)    7th (coaches)       none

    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 Men's Swimming & Diving 8-0 4-0 (2nd) 6th 6th at NCAA Championships Women's Swimming & Diving 9-1 4-1 (2nd) 1st first-ever national championship 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

    This Week

    Monday: Men's Golf, at Pacific-10 Conference Championships, at Oregon, through Wednesday Thursday: Women's Golf, at NCAA Regionals, at Arizona, through Saturday Friday: Women's Water Polo, at National Championships, at Michigan, through Sunday Women's Tennis, at NCAA Regionals, at San Diego, through Sunday Men's Tennis, at NCAA Regionals, at UNLV, through Sunday Saturday: Baseball, at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m. Sunday: Baseball, vs. Cal State Northridge, Dedeaux Field, 1 p.m.

    In their only game last week, the Trojans outslugged host UC Santa Barbara, 23-5, on Tuesday, knocking 36 hits in the process. Junior third baseman Morgan Ensberg led the hit parade by going 6-for-7 with 4 runs scored, 2 RBI and a home run. Senior shortstop Marc Mirizzi and senior DH Brian Ponchak each had 4 hits and a home run, senior catcher Jason Brown was 3-for-5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI and sophomore outfielder Robb Gorr had 5 RBI to go with 3 hits. Senior righthander Scott Henderson (8-3) earned the win after going the first 5 innings. USC had a 15-0 lead after batting in the top of the third inning.

    Both the women's and coed dinghy racing teams have qualified for the ICYRA National Championships, held in Portland at the end of May. The women's team finished second at the Pacific Coast District meet, hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on April 12-13, to qualify for the nationals for the first time since 1985. The coed team also finished second in its district meet, hosted by Hawaii on April 26-27.

    Men's and Women's Track and Field
    In dual-meet action, both the USC men's and women's teams lost to UCLA and defeated Brigham Young on Saturday at Cromwell Field. The men outscored the Cougars, 107-52, but fell to the Bruins for the 19th consecutive time, 88-75. The Trojans won the 3-way meet, however, scoring 87 points to UCLA's 83 and BYU's 30. On the women's side, USC beat the Cougars, 93-50, and lost to the Bruins, 82-63. Double winners for USC included sophomore Jerome Davis in the men's 200m (20.7h) and 400m (45.73), freshman Kedjeloba Mambo in the men's triple jump (50-7 1/4) and long jump (24-2 1/2) and sophomore Grazyna Penc in the women's 800m (2:05.43) and 1500m (4:19.75).

    Track and Field continued
    Other Trojan individual winners included senior Emebet Shiferaw (women's 3000m, 9:41.4h), sophomore William Erese (men's 110m hurdles, 14.28w), sophomore Pamela Simpson (women's long jump, 20-2 1/4), sophomore Esi Benyarku (women's 100m, 11.59), senior Jason Shelton (men's 100m, 10.28), senior Isaac Turner (men's 800, 1:47.15, a new Cromwell Field record) and senior Joseph Maashoff (men's 400m hurdles, 51.88).

    Athletes of the Week

    Jerome Davis, Men's Track
    Davis, a sophomore, was part of 4 winning races on Saturday. He won the men's 200m (20.7h) and 400m (45.73) and also was part of the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.

    Morgan Ensberg, Baseball
    Ensberg, a junior third baseman, had the best hitting performance by a Trojan this year by going 6-for-7 against UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday. He scored 4 runs, had 2 RBI and hit a home run.

    Grazyna Penc, Women's Track
    Penc, a sophomore, continued her strong running in the 800m and 1500m, winning both with times of 2:05.43 and 4:19.75, respectively, on Saturday.