Baseball Beats Cal, 10-6

    Trojans' Etherton takes no-hitter into fifth inning, then USC holds on.

    March 27, 1998

    BERKELEY, Calif.- The University of California baseball team lost its fifth-straight game and its 11th conference game with a 10-6 loss to No. 2 ranked and Pac-10 Southern Division foe USC Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 12-16 overall and 0-11 in the Six-Pac, while the Trojans won their ninth-straight game and improve to 25-5 and 11-2 in conference.

    Powered by the pitching of senior right-hander Seth Etherton (8-0, 6.3 innings, six hits, five earned runs, one walk, 10 strikeouts) and a five-run third inning and a four-run fourth inning, USC held on to a 10-6 league win over Cal. Down 9-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bears made it a contest by scoring five runs off of Etherton. But, the Trojans relievers shutdown Cal the rest of the way and USC added an insurance run in the top of the ninth for the final 10-6 score.

    Jack Krawczyk earned his 12th save of the season for USC by pitching the final 1.7 innings (no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout).

    USC exploded for five runs in the third off of Bear starter Ryan Drese (0-4, 5.0 innings, nine hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts), highlighted by a lead-off home run by Brad Ticehurst and a three-run homer by Morgan Ensberg. In the four-run fifth, the Trojans big hits were a two-run homer by Seth Davidson and a two-run single by Jeremy Freitas.

    Etherton had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning, but gave up a lead-off home run to Cal's Aaron Gordnier. The Bears later continued the rally in the fifth with a two-run triple by Juan Hernandez and a two-run homer by Jason Dennis.

    Cal will host USC the second game of the three game series, Saturday, Mar. 28 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

    Home Runs:

    USC: Ticehurst, solo home run in the third. Ensberg, three-run homer in the third. Davidson, two-run homer in the fourth.

    Cal: Gordnier, solo home run in the fifth. Dennis, two-run homer in the fifth