USC Eliminates Clemson

    May 23, 1998

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Southern California's Seth Etherton struck out 15 Clemson batters to lead the Trojans to an 8-5 victory over the Tigers in the NCAA East Regional Saturday.

    The top-seeded Trojans (42-16) will play South Alabama at 7 p.m. Clemson, the second-seeded team, ends its season at 43-16.

    "Seth has been good every time he's started this season," Trojan coach Mike Gillespie said. "He gives us a chance to win every time he pitches, and our players relax because they know we're going to be in the game."

    Etherton (12-3) struck out the side twice, and eight of Clemson's nine batters struck out at least once.

    "Our kids battled hard," Clemson head coach Jack Leggett said. "I can't fault our effort. We showed a lot of heart, a lot of character."

    The Trojans banged out 13 hits against three Clemson pitchers. Tiger starter Brian Adams (6-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in the loss.

    The Trojans opened the scoring in the top of the second on a leadoff double by Morgan Ensberg and a home run by Eric Munson, his 14th of the season.

    USC, leading 4-1, scored three more runs in the fifth off of singles by Ensberg, Munson, Rod Perry, Seth Davidson and Jason Lane.