No. 5 USC Beats North Carolina, 7-0
Etherton goes the distance as baseball team rolls.
Feb. 13, 1998
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Senior righthander Seth Etherton - a 1998 pre-season All-American first teamer - went the distance and struck out a career-high 13 to lead No. 5 ranked USC to a 7-0 victory over North Carolina Friday afternoon at the Homestead Sports Complex in Homestead, Florida.
Etherton, whose previous career strikeout high was 12 (which he accomplished once in 1997 and once in 1996) had a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings before giving up a single to sophomore Rob Miano in the sixth. He allowed just three hits and not walk a batter.
It was the second shutout of Etherton's career and the first for USC since a 2-0 blanking of Cal State Fullerton by three Trojan pitchers in 1997.
The Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead, getting one run in the first inning and four runs in a second inning that was highlighted by outfielder Jeremy Freitas' two-run home run, his fourth of the year. Troy added two more runs in the fifth and three in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Pre-season All-American sophomore catcher Eric Munson was five-of-six with a double and three RBI.
Sophomore lefthander Mike Bynum (0-1)started for the Tarheels and went 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
USC and North Carolina will meet again here tomorrow at 6 p.m. (EST)
USC - Setherton (3-0) and Eric Munson. UNC - Mike Bynum, Michael Horney (6), Mark Smith (8) and Dan Moylan.