Mar. 22, 1997
Flores Will Have to Wait for Win Number 40
LOS ANGELES - No. 3 UCLA pounded out 12 runs on 18 hits - including 5 home runs and 4 doubles - en route to a 12-6 victory over No. 7 USC Saturday at Dedeaux Field. USC drops to 23-9 overall (7-6 in league) while UCLA is now 24-5-1 (4-3).
UCLA was led offensively by Eric Valent, who was 4-for-5 with a double, home run (a solo shot in fourth) and 2 RBI. The Bruins, who scored in every inning bu t the eighth, also got home runs from Jon Heinrich (2-run home run in the seventh).
Junior lefthander Jim Parque raised his record to 8-0, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 10 hits and six walks while striking out five.
Senior lefthander Randy Flores, who was stymied in his efforts for his 40th career victory (which would tie him as USC's all-time winningest pitcher), lasted just 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout to take the loss (6-3).
Senior first baseman Jason Brown was 4-for-4 with 4 RBI, a double and a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The two teams play again tomorrow at Jakie Robinson Stadium at 1 p.m.
UCLA 221 112 201 - 12 18 1 USC 000 000 114 - 6 14 2
Parque, Henkel (8) and Cloud. Flores, Jones (5), Sanchez (6), Saenz (7) and Munson. WP - Parque (8-0). LP - Flores (6-3). HR - Heinrichs (14), Glaus (14), Valent (14), Zamora (10), Nista (3), Brown (2).