Men's Baseball Team Defeats Pepperdine, 11-1

    March 25, 1998

    LOS ANGELES, California - Five USC pitchers combined for a season-high 17 strikeouts and zero earned runs as the No. 2 Trojan baseball team routed Pepperdine, 11-1, in a nonconference game on Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.

    The Trojans, who have won their last eight games, improved to 24-5 overall, while the Waves fell to 17-14.

    Junior RHP Craig Jones (2-1), who earned the win, went the first five innings and struck out nine, junior RHP Steve Immel struck out two batters in 2/3 of an inning, junior LHP Jason Saenz had three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings and freshman RHP Tanner Eriksen struck out all three in the ninth inning.

    In the last five games, Trojan pitchers have 65 strikeouts.

    Junior RF Brad Ticehurst was 3-for-4 with two RBI and his seventh home run of the year, while freshman CF Rod Perry also had three hits.

    The Trojans scored in six of their eight innings at bat.

    Pepperdine had two hits each from junior 3B G.J. Raymundo and junior DH Dave Sugden.

    USC next travels to California for a three-game series on March 27-29.

    PEP			000-000-100, 1-6-3
    USC			021-223-01x, 11-17-0

    Sundstrom, Reed (4), Adams (6), Ohman (6) and Sardinha, Kramer (8). Jones, Immel (6), Saenz (6), Weibling (8), Eriksen (9) and Munson, DePippo (7), Townsend (9).

    WP -- Jones (2-1) LP -- Sundstrom (0-2) HR: USC -- Ticehurst (7).