Feb. 21, 1997

    Trojans Handle Mississippi 18-2

    LONG BEACH, Calif. - The University of Southern California baseball team got home runs from Brian Ponchak and Jeff DePippo and beat Mississippi 18-2 at the Long Beach State Classic Friday at Blair Field.

    Ponchak, a senior, finished with three hits, three runs scored and five RBI from his designated-hitter spot in the lineup, while DePippo, a junior, also had three hits with two runs scored and an RBI.

    The Trojans (14-3) took control of the game in the early going, putting Mississippi (4-2) down by 11 runs after two innings. USC scored five runs in the first inning and posted five more runs in the second. Then, in the eighth inning, added four more runs for good measure.

    Starting pitcher Randy Flores was the beneficiary of the run support and upped his record to 4-1 on the season with the win. He pitched six innings, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out six.

    Also having a big day at the plate for the Trojans was Greg Hanoian, who went 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBI.

    USC 18, Mississippi 2

    Mississippi   100 100 000 -  2  9 3
    USC           650 201 04x - 18 19 1