Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Portland State

    May 15, 1998

    PORTLAND - USC's pitchers had a banner day for strikeouts with 30 in two games, but in the end the No. 7 Trojans could only muster a doubleheader split with Portland State, winning 10-2 but losing 7-6 on Friday at Civic Stadium.

    In the first game, senior RHP Seth Etherton struck out 13 in seven innings and the Trojans had 15 overall in the victory.

    In game two, freshman RHP Rik Currier had a career-high 14 strikeouts in seven innings and left the game with a 6-4 lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it and Portland State's David Ferres hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth for a dramatic upset.

    The Trojans are now 40-15 overall, while the Vikings are 17-34. The three-game series concludes on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Volcano Stadium in Salem, Oregon.

    In the first game, the Trojans fell behind 2-0 but scored in each of their final five at-bats to win in a rout. Senior 3B Morgan Ensberg was 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI and freshman SS Seth Davidson also homered.

    Etherton (11-3) gave up seven hits, two runs and two walks in his seven innings of work.

    In the second game, Currier gave up seven hits, four runs and two walks in his seven innings of work but was unfortunate to get a no-decision.

    In the bottom of the eighth, the Vikings scored an unearned run off of junior RHP Steve Immel, and in the bottom of the ninth, Portland State got a leadoff single and then a two-run home run off of senior RHP Jack Krawczyk (2-2). It was a rare blown save for Krawczyk, who leads the nation with 19 saves.

    Sophomore DH Eric Munson (who returned Saturday after missing 16 games with a stress fracture in his right foot) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and junior OF Brad Ticehurst had two hits.

    GAME 1

    USC 000-012-214---10-13-0

    PSU 001-100-000---2-8-3

    Etherton, Lane (8), Weibling (9) and DePippo, Townsend (9).

    Pearce, Patrick (8), Woodward (9) and Andrade.

    WP -- Etherton (11-3) LP -- Pearce (2-8)

    HR: USC -- Ensberg 2 (19), Davidson (5).

    GAME 2

    USC 202-100-100---6-7-1

    PSU 030-000-112---7-9-1

    Currier, Immel (8), Krawczyk (8) and DePippo.

    Oyler and Andrade.

    WP -- Oyler (4-4) LP -- Krawczyk (2-2)

    HR -- PSU: Keith (6), Ferres (4).