Trojans Baseball Downs Arizona
Feb. 21, 1998
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 USC baseball team scored four runs on four hits, including a two-run home run by senior LF Jeremy Freitas, in the bottom of the seventh inning to put an end to a no-hitter and boost the Trojans to a 4-1 victory over No. 4 Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans improved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division while winning their seventh in a row. The Wildcats fell to 16-2, 0-2.
USC senior RHP Jack Krawczyk tied a Pacific-10 Conference record with the 31st save of his career (tying Washington's Brett Merrick, who had 31 from 1993-96).
Trojan RHP Mike Penney, the starter, allowed five hits in the first two innings alone, but only gave up one run. The Wildcats scored in the top of the second on an RBI sacrifice bunt by junior DH Russ Brown, but then left the bases loaded.
Meanwhile, Arizona junior LHP Rob Shabansky (5-1) threw six no-hit innings before the Trojans got to him in the bottom of the seventh. Junior 1B Robb Gorr led off the inning with an infield single. After an out, Gorr stole second and scored on senior 3B Morgan Ensberg's RBI single. Freitas followed with a two-run home run, his sixth of the year, making the score 3-1 in favor of USC and knocking out Shabansky.
Arizona junior LHP Ryan Moskau got the next out, but Trojan junior RF Brad Ticehurst looped a double down the leftfield line and scored on a two-base throwing error by the Arizona shortstop, who was trying to throw Ticehurst out at second.
Penney (3-1) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits (all in the first two innings), two walks and one run while striking out three. At one point, he retired 13 straight batters. Krawzyck pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out four to get his fifth save of the season.
The Trojans and Wildcats are scheduled to complete their three-game series (USC won on Friday night, 10-3) on Sunday at Dedeaux Field at 1 p.m.
UA 010-000-000 - 1-6-2 USC 000-000-40x - 4-5-0 Shabansky, Moskau (7) and Clark. Penney, Krawczyk (8) and Munson. WP -- Penney (3-1) LP -- Shabansky (5-1) SV -- Krawczyk (5) HR: USC -- Freitas (6).