May 22, 1997

    USC Upset at South II Regional

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The USC baseball team was upset in its first game of the NCAA South II Regional, falling to fifth-seeded Virginia Tech, 3-2, Thursday. The second-seeded Trojans will meet fourth-seeded Wichita State in an elimination game on Friday at 9 a.m. PDT.

    The Hokies scored first with a run in the top of the fifth, but the Trojans came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jeremy Freitas hit a solo home run, and Wes Rachels later scored on Marc Mirizzi's RBI single.

    However, the Hokies then tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth and finally went ahead for good in the top of the ninth on Matt Reynolds' second home run of the day.

    The home run came off starter Scott Henderson, who saw one of his best-pitched games of the season end in a loss.

    In the bottom of the ninth, the Trojans had a chance to change the result, as Brad Ticehurst doubled with one out and Wes Rachels was hit by a pitch. But Marc Mirizzi struck out and Greg Walbridge flew out to end the game.

    Virginia Tech 3, Southern California 2

    Virginia Tech   000 011 001  - 3  9  1
    USC             000 020 00x  - 2  8  0
    Wagner and Gauch.  Henderson, Penney (9) and Brown.  WP -
    Wagner (10-4). LP - Henderson (8-4). HR - Reynolds
    2 (9) (VT), Freitas (7) (USC).