No. 3 USC Sweeps No. 7 Arizona State in Doubleheader
March 14, 1998
LOS ANGELES - USC senior LF Jeremy Freitas doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the No. 3 Trojans to a 7-6 victory over No. 7 Arizona State in the first game of a doubleheader, then senior 3B Morgan Ensberg slugged two home runs and had six RBI as the Trojans also won the second game of the twinbill, 13-5, in Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division games on Saturday at Dedeaux Field.
With the doubleheader sweep, USC improved to 18-5 overall and 6-2 in the Six-Pac. Arizona State fell to 16-9, 5-5.
In the first game, the Trojans were behind, 4-2, in the bottom of the sixth until junior RF Brad Ticehurst hit a three-run home run, and senior C Jeff DePippo followed with a solo shot as USC took a 6-4 lead.
The Sun Devils rallied in the top of the ninth as freshman DH Casey Myers hit a two-run single to tie the game, 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, ASU got the first two outs before junior 1B Robb Gorr and Ensberg were both hit by pitches, and Freitas followed with a line drive down the right-field line that scored Gorr and won the game.
USC senior RHP Jack Krawczyk (1-1) got the win in relief. USC senior RHP Seth Etherton did not get a decision, the first time in 12 starts he did not earn the victory. ASU senior RHP Aaron Kramer (2-2) took the loss in relief.
In the second game, the Trojans hit two grand slams and senior RHP Mike Penney (5-1) threw the first nine-inning complete game of his career, giving up eight hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out two.
Ensberg hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first, then hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to give the Trojans a 7-3 lead. In the second game, he was 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs and a career-high six RBI.
The Trojans scored six more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Freitas hit a grand slam.
ASU starting LHP Phill Lowery (4-3) took the loss.
The Trojans were without preseason All-American Eric Munson, who was hit above the eye with a foul ball during batting practice on Friday. Junior CF Greg Hanoian sprained a shoulder in the second inning of the first game and did not return.
USC also hosts Arizona State on Sunday at Dedeaux Field at 1 p.m.
GAME 1 ASU 001-201-003 - 6-10-1 USC 010-104-001 - 7-10-2 Leon, Kramer (8), Crumpton (9) and Jones, Halvorson (8). Etherton, Krawczyk (9) and DePippo. WP -- Krawczyk (1-1) LP -- Kramer (2-2) HR: USC -- Ticehurst (5), DePippo (2) GAME 2 ASU 101-010-002 - 5-8-3 USC 300-046-00x - 13-10-3 Lowery, Call (6), Milner (6) and Halvorson. Penney and DePippo. WP -- Penney (5-1) LP -- Lowery (4-3) HR: USC -- Ensberg 2 (7), Freitas (8)