Mar. 16, 1997

    USC Tames Wildcats, 6-2

    LOS ANGELES - Senior righthander Scott Henderson went 7 1/3 innings and limited the Wildcats to two runs on five hits while striking out five to lead No. 6 USC to a 6-2 victory over No. 15 Arizona Sunday at Dedeaux Field.

    The Trojans won two of the three games with Arizona this weekend to raise their record to 22-8 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-10 Southern Division. Arizona dropped to 22-12 and 6-3.

    Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Kenny Corley but Henderson (5-2), who starting in place of an ailling Steve Immel (who has strep throat), shut out the Wildcats until the eighth inning.

    USC scored two runs in the second inning off Wildcat ace Rob Shabansky (6-2) as Robb Gorr walked and then Greg Hanoina and Brian Ponchak both doubled.

    The Trojans added three runs in the sixth, as Morgan Ensberg singled in two runs and Greg Hanoian drove in the third with a bloop single.

    USC's final run came on a solo home run by designated hitter Ponchak off reliever David Abbott.

    USC returns to action on Tuesday (March 18) when the Trojans host Cal-State Fullerton at 7 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

    USC 6, Arizona 2

    Arizona    100 000 010  -  2 8 1
    USC        020 003 10x  -  6 9 0

    UA: Shabansky, Abbott (7), Milo (7) and Clark. USC: Henderson, Weibling (8). 2B: Corley (UA), Hanoian (USC), Ponchak (USC). 3B: None. HR: Ponchak (USC).
    WP: Henderson (5-2). LP: Shabansky (6-2).