Mar. 9, 1997

    USC Sweeps Past Bears

    LOS ANGELES - Sophomore outfielder Greg Hanoian and senior designated hitter Jason Brown each had 3 hits to lead a 12-hit Trojan attack as No. 7 USC edged California, 5-3, Sunday at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans swept the three-game series with the Bears to raise their record to 20-6 overall (5-4 in the Pac-10 Southern Division) while California drops to 10-15, 0-6.

    USC has won eight in a row over California.

    Sophomore righthander Steve Immel (3-2) went 7 and 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Immel started in place of Scott Henderson (who has been out with the flu) and scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Junior righthander Jack Krawczyk pitched an inning and a third to record his fifth save (and 20th in his career, good for No. 3 on Troy's all-time save list).

    Junior righthander Doug Nickle (1-3) started for the Bears and lasted four innings to take the loss.

    USC returns to action in a non-conference game at Pepperdine on Tuesday (Mar. 11) at 2 p.m.

    USC 5, California 3
    California  000 110 010  -  3  9 0
    USC         100 202 00x  -  5 12 2
    USC: Immel, Krawczyk (8) and Munson. Cal: Nickle, Vorhis (5), Sumner (6), Jensen (6), Steele (8)
    and Hill. 2B: Gordnier (Cal), Schell (Cal), Walbridge (USC), Hanoian (USC). 3B: None. HR:
    WP: Immel (3-2). LP: Nickle (1-3). Att: 801.