Etherton Leads Baseball Over California, 10-0

    April 17, 1998

    LOS ANGELES - Senior RHP Seth Etherton was masterful yet again, throwing a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings and leading the No. 6 USC baseball team to a 10-0 victory over California in a Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division game at Dedeaux Field on Friday night.

    The Trojans improved to 30-12 overall and 15-7 in the Six-Pac while the Bears fell to 14-25, 2-19.

    Etherton (9-2) went eight innings and gave up just one hit while striking out 11. The hit came with two out in the top of the eighth inning, a ground ball up the middle by Cal freshman 2B Clint Hoover. The only other Cal batters to reach base off Etherton came on an error in the third inning and a hit-by-pitch and walk in the fourth inning.

    Senior RHP Mike Weibling pitched the ninth inning and gave up Cal's second hit.

    The Trojans went ahead early, as an RBI groundout by senior 3B Morgan Ensberg made it 1-0 after one inning and freshman SS Seth Davidson's solo home run made it 2-0 after two innings.

    In the bottom of the third, USC scored five runs on six hits, including an RBI double by junior 1B Robb Gorr, a two-run home run by Ensberg and an RBI triple by Davidson.

    Davidson was 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Gorr, senior 2B Wes Rachels and junior RF Brad Ticehurst each had two hits for the Trojans.

    Cal freshman LHP Craig Dennis (5-3) started and took the loss.

    USC and Cal meet again on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

    CAL 000-000-000 --- 0-2-1

    USC 115-002-10x --- 10-13-1

    Dennis, Cuccias (3), Vorhis (4), Ball (7) and Hill, Tonis (8).

    Etherton, Weibling (9) and DePippo, Townsend (9).

    WP -- Etherton (9-2) LP -- Dennis (5-3)

    HR: USC -- Davidson (3), Ensberg (12)