April 22, 1997

    Northridge Outslugs USC

    NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge first baseman Adrian Mendoza lead off the bottom of the 10th inning with a solo home run, his third hit of the game, to give the Matadors an extra-inning 18-17 win Tuesday.

    The home was Mendoza's second of the season, and ended a game that featured 46 hits and 35 runs. The Trojans (35-16) put up 26 hits while the Matadors (35-17) pounded out 20 of their own.

    The highlight of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Northridge erased a 10-6 deficit with an 11-run sixth inning. Four Matadors went deep in the inning: Jose Miranda (21), Jeremy Sickles (3), Andy Wilson (5) and Dan Pierce (5).

    USC, however, bounced back with a six-run eighth inning and sent the game into extra innings with a run in the ninth.

    Four Trojans posted four-hit games: Wes Rachels (4-for-7), Greg Walbridge (4-for-6), Jeremy Freitas (4-for-6, five RBI) and Brian Ponchak (4-for-6). Freitas also hit his fifth home run of the season and doubled.

    The USC pitching staff had a rough day, as the Trojans went through six pitchers. Paul Sanchez started on the mound, but lasted just an inning. He gave up five earned runs on five hits and struck out three. He was followed by Craig Jones (1 1/3 innings), Scott Henderson (2 2/3), Mike Weibling (1/3), Jason Saenz (1 2/3) and Jack Krawczyk (2) who eventually took the loss.

    CSUN 18, USC 17 (10)

    USC   210 340    061 0 - 17 26 3
    CSUN  321 00(11) 000 1 - 18 20 1

    W: Ramirez (9-3). L: Krawczyk (1-2)