Trojan Baseball Splits Double-Header
Feb. 7, 1998
The No. 5 USC baseball team defeated No. 31 Texas, 5-3, in the first game of a doubleheader, but the Longhorns came back in the second game to win a 6-5, rain-shortened contest in five innings. USC is now 3-1 overall, while Texas is 1-2.
In the first game, senior pre-season All-American righthander Seth Etherton pitched 7 innings and struck out 10 to lead the Trojans to a 5-3 victory over Texas. Etherton, who is now 2-0 in 1998, scattered 6 hits and allowed 3 earned runs while walking just one. USC and Texas traded home runs early on with leftfielder Jeremy Freitas hitting one for the Trojans in the second inning and Jason Cox hitting a solo shot in the third inning for the Longhorns. USC scored another run in the fourth inning as Brad Ticehurst doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Cox. The Longhorns tied it in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by shortstop Jason Moore.
Texas went ahead 3-2 in the sixth when, with 2 outs, Brett Loeffler singled to left and scored on a double to left by Mike Kolbach. The Trojans went ahead for good in the sixth inning on Brad Ticehurst's 2-run home run (his second of the year), off Longhorn starter Scott Dunn (0-1).
Senior ace reliever Jack Krawczyk pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and struck out 3 to record his second save of the year (and 28th in his career).
In game 2, USC took a 3-0 lead when, in the bottom of the second, leftfielder Jason Lane hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Freitas followed with a 2-run home run.
The Longhorns then scored twice to make it 3-2 in the top of the third. USC got the first 2 outs, but an error and a single was followed a 2-RBI double by Mark Cridland.
Then, Moore hit a 3-run home run and Cox hit a solo shot (both hit their second of the day) in the top of the fourth inning to give Texas a 6-3 lead.
USC opened up the bottom of the fourth inning with back-to-back solo home runs by Lane and Freitas (his second of the game and third of the day), but that ended the scoring with a 6-5 Texas lead. Texas scored 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the game was called due to rain while the Longhorns were still batting and the score reverted back to 6-5.
Jim Munroe (1-0) got the win for Texas, throwing 2 innings of scoreless relief while striking out 3. Mike Penney (0-1) of USC went all 5 innings and took the loss, though only 2 of his 6 runs allowed were earned. Weather permitting, USC and Texas will finish their 3-game series on Sunday (Feb. 8) at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.
R H E UT 001-011-000--3-9-1 USC 010-102-01X--5-8-1 Dunn, Hale (8), Halter (8) and Cox Etherton, Lane (8), Krawczyk (8) and Munson WP--Etherton (2-0) LP--Dunn (0-1) SAVE--Krawczyk (2) HR--USC--Freitas (1), Ticehurst (2) UT--Cox (1), Moore (1)
R H E UT 002-40--6-6-2 USC 030-20--5-10-3 Halter, Munroe (4) and Cox Penney and DePippo WP--Munroe (1) LP--Penney (0-1) HR--USC--Freitas 2 (3), Lane (2); UT--Moore (2), Cox (2)