No. 3 USC Baseball Defeats Loyola Marymount, 6-4

    March 17, 1998

    LOS ANGELES - Sophomore C Eric Munson and senior LF Jeremy Freitas had three hits each to lead the No. 3 USC baseball team to a 6-4 victory over Loyola Marymount in a nonconference game on Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.

    The Trojans improved to 20-5 overall, while the Lions fell to 13-10-1.

    Munson, a preseason All-American first teamer who had missed the last three games with an eye injury, was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Freitas was 3-for-3 and had an RBI.

    USC trailed, 3-2, entering the bottom of the sixth inning but scored three runs to take a 5-3 lead. With one out, senior 3B Morgan Ensberg singled and moved to third on a single by Freitas. Junior DH Jason Lane doubled down the left-field line to plate Ensberg and move Freitas to third base. After an RBI groundout by junior RF Brad Ticehurst, freshman SS Seth Davidson knocked an RBI single to center field.

    The Lions closed to within one run, 5-4, in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by senior 3B Kevin Gustorf, but the Trojans got it back in the bottom half of the inning when senior CF Jeff DePippo led off with a double and scored on a single by Munson.

    Junior RHP Steve Immel (1-0) got the win for USC in relief, while senior RHP Jack Krawczyk earned his ninth save. Four Trojan pitchers struck out a season-high 14 batters. Freshman RHP Chris Gray (0-1), the starter, took the loss for LMU.

    USC next travels to Arizona for a three-game series on March 20-22.

    LMU			000-030-100 - 4-7-0
    USC			011-003-10x - 6-11-3

    Gray, Bonilla (6), Cecchin (7) and Walter. Currier, Jones (5), Immel (6), Krawczyk (9) and Munson. WP -- Immel (1-0) LP -- Gray (0-1) SV -- Krawczyk (9) HR: LMU -- Gustorf (5).