Mar. 23, 1997
No. 3 UCLA Defeats No. 9 USC, 8-5
LOS ANGELES - Before the largest crowd ever at Jackie Robinson Stadium (2,914), UCLA defeated USC, 8-5. The Bruins accomplished what no other Six-Pac team has ever done; they defeated Seth Etherton. Etherton, a junior righthander, had a conference record of 10-0 entering the game. The Bruins scored seven runs (six earned) off him in six and a third innings. It was UCLA's second win in a row over USC. The Bruins defeated the Trojans, 12-6, at Dedeaux Field on Saturday afternoon.
Junior first baseman Pete Zamora, the leading hitter in the Pac-10, led the way for UCLA by going 3-4 with a home run, double, two runs batted in and two runs scored. His 11th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave UCLA the lead for good.
Redshirt sophomore Tom Jacquez continued his impressive pitching, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in seven and a third innings. He improved to 6-1 on the season.
The two teams exchanged home runs through the first three innings. Junior Eric Byrnes hit his eighth home run of the season in the first inning. Brian Ponchak hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning.
The Bruins took control of the game in the middle innings. Zamora hit a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning. Byrnes had a two-out RBI-single in the fifth inning. Junior Brett Nista had an RBI-single in the sixth inning. Freshman Aldo Pinto followed with an RBI-double. On the play, Nista was thrown out at the plate and seperated his left shoulder. Nista, the club's starting designated hitter who also spot starts at shortstop, is expected to miss at least a month. With his hit in the sixth inning, he extended his hitting streak to six games.
USC scored a run in the seventh inning. Freshman Eric Munson's RBI-double cut the Bruins' lead to three.
UCLA added three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior Troy Glaus' RBI-double knocked Etherton out of the game. Junior Nick Theodorou's RBI-single and Zamora's RBI-groundout finished out UCLA's scoring.
The Trojans rallied in the eighth inning. Junior Morgan Ensberg hit a sacrifice fly off UCLA closer Jake Meyer, who had come into the game after Jacquez allowed a walk and then with one out, a single. Meyer then walked sophomore Greg Hanoian. Sophomore Rob Gorr and Ponchak each followed an RBI-single. Munson came to the plate representing the tying run and Meyer struck him out.
In the ninth inning, Meyer walked the leadoff hitter, junior Wes Rachels, but proceeded to strikeout senior Marc Mirizzi and redshirt senior Greg Walbridge and then retire redshirt senior Jason Brown on a comeback that got past Meyer but was picked up by Theordorou who threw Brown out at first.
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Etherton (4-1), Welbling (7) and Munson; Jacquez (6-1), Meyer (8) and Cloud. 2B: USC: Munson; UCLA: Glaus, Heinrichs, Pinto, Zamora. HR: USC: Ponchak (4), solo; UCLA: Byrnes (8), solo; Zamora (11), solo.