Baseball Wins Another Wild One, 17-12

    April 26, 1998

    WESTWOOD, Calif. - The No. 5 USC baseball team won another wild one against UCLA on Sunday, this time by a score of 17-12 in a Pacific-10 Conference Southern Division game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

    USC (35-13 overall, 19-8 Six-Pac) set a school record by scoring 48 runs in this three-game conference series and took two out of the three games from UCLA (19-30, 11-19).

    UCLA's bats were also hot this weekend, scoring 36 runs, but when the Trojans needed it most, senior RHP Jack Krawczyk -- the best reliever in the nation -- shut the Bruins down. Krawczyk went the final 3 1/3 innings (his longest outing since pitching 5 1/3 innings against the Bruins in his freshman year), allowing no runs while striking out three and giving up two hits and two walks. In the meantime, USC rallied from a 12-8 deficit.

    Krawczyk, who leads the nation with 17 saves, is now 2-1 with a 0.56 ERA in 32 innings.

    USC took a 7-0 lead, though it didn't last. In the first inning, senior 2B Wes Rachels led off the game with a solo home run, senior LF Jeremy Freitas had a two-run double and junior RF Brad Ticehurst had a sacrifice fly. In the second inning, junior 1B Robb Gorr had a run-scoring single and senior 3B Morgan Ensberg belted a two-run double.

    But UCLA scored twice in the second inning and eight times in the third inning to grab a 10-7 lead.

    It stayed that way until the top of the fifth, when Trojan senior C Jeff DePippo hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 10-8. The Bruins rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 12- 8, but Krawczyk stopped the Bruins after that.

    In the top of the seventh, USC tied the game, 12-12, by scoring four runs as DePippo had a two- run double, freshman SS Seth Davidson hit a sacrifice fly and Gorr had an RBI single.

    Freitas hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning and give the Trojans the lead for good, and the Trojans scored four insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

    Gorr was 4-for-6 with three RBI, Ticehurst was 4-for-5 with two RBI, Freitas was 2-for-3 with four RBI, DePippo was 2-for-3 with three RBI, Ensberg was 2-for-5 with two RBI and Rachels was 2-for-2.

    The Trojans hit a season-high nine doubles.

    USC 430-010-414---17-18-1

    UCLA 028-002-000---12-16-1

    Lane, Jones (3), Saenz (4), Krawczyk (6) and DePippo.

    Klein, Righetti (2), Brandt (7), Pinto (7), Roe (8), Reightley (9) and Green.

    WP -- Krawczyk (2-1) LP -- Pinto (0-1)

    HR -- USC: Rachels (1), Freitas (12); UCLA: Olson (9).