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lloo Angeles Sftmeo Sunday, May 29, 1988 Part III 11 NCAA Baseball Garcia's Pitching Helps From Times Wire Services I.ongo Garcia yielded only 7 hits and struck out 13 as Cal State Pullcrlon defeated Mississippi Slate, 5-1, in the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. South Regional Saturday at Starkvillc, Miss. The victory loft the Titans (39- IG) as the only unbeaten team among the five teams remaining in the double-elimination tournament. The regional winners advance to the College World Series, Kriday at Omaha. Carcia, a senior right-hander, allowed the Bulldogs only a third-inning run. He walked one and allowed only one extra base hit. His 13 strikeouts equaled his career high. Kullcrlon sent eight men to the plate in the fourth inning and scored three runs on an infield out, Mark Hazook's single and a sacrifice fly. The Titans added a run in the sixth on Greg Mannion's single and another in the eighth on Ra-zook's double. Titan catcher Brent Mayne went 2 for "I with an HBI and extended his hitting streak to 37 games. USC 10, Washington SI. 9 Rodney Pecte hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Trojans past the Cougars in the third round of the West I Regional at Fresno State. NCAA Softball UCLA Needs One Win to Clinch Championship No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Fresno Slate will meet for the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. Softball championship today at 1:30 p.m. in Sunnyvale, Calif. UCLA (52-7), the only team to go undefeated in the double-elimination championship series, beat No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona, 4-1, Saturday night to advance to the championship game. The loss was Pomona's second, knocking the Broncos out of the competition. Samantha Ford ( 18-4) got the win for UCLA. Fresno, which committed an NCAA tournament-record seven errors in Friday's 6-1 loss to UCLA, fought off elimination Saturday with a nine-inning, 1-0 victory over No. 7 Nebraska (39-20) and a 4-0 win over No. 6 Arizona. Carrie Dever (26-6) picked up both wins for Fresno. UCLA needs just one win to lock up the school's fifth national soft- MURRAY Continued from Page 1 baby-faced little killer in a cockpit, born for speed, and he was named rookie of the year, it was confidently predicted that, by 1988, he would have won seven or more of these things. When he won in 1969, everybody said, "Well, that's No. 1!" Now, for the other six. We're still waiting. For No. 2, never mind the other 5. Mario Andretti is not quite Sam Snead. Ernie Banks. Rod Carew. Sam never won a U.S. Open. Banks and Carew never made a World Series. Mario Andretti has led this race 460 laps. Only two active drivers have won this race four times A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. Only two drivers in history have driven in more Indy 500s than Andretti, Foyt and Johnny Rutherford and between them they have won (count 'em) seven Indys. Mario has won more lap prize money than any driver in the history of the Speedway. For Mario Andretti, this hasn't been a race, it's been a hoodoo. Four hundred sixty laps of wild-eyed frustration. He's not Snead, he's Arnold Palmer who won only one U.S. Open but was in a playoff for three others. Indianapolis is not a very forgiving track. Rick Mears, who has won twice, has called it "a fine line track," a "mental" track. "You can't hustle it," Mears warns. It's narrow, treacherous, it was built for the Marmon Wasp, not the Penske Chevy. There are golf courses you can't attack, that you have to romance, to defend yourself against. There are pitchers against whom you have to choke up, jump shots you shouldn't take. There are defenses that defuse the long bomb. Indy doesn't respond to caveman tactics, either. It is a wounded animal. It has to be sweet-talked. You have to hit for the fat part of the green, soften up on the serve. You can't drag it by the hair back to the cave, you can't storm it, you have to creep up on it. Mario is not very good at creeping. Mario likes to jump in feet first like a guy jumping through a skylight with a firing Luger or a cop raiding a crap game. I'cctc's homer, his 12th of the season, came after Bret Uarbcrio singled home the tying run. The Trojans (35-24) hit six homers, including two by catcher Jim Cam-panis. Washington State (51-13), the Pacific 10 Northern Division champion, had four, including John Olcrud 23rd of the season. Tim Quintanilla came on in the ninth inning and got the final two outs after Washington State's Jim Connor hit a home run to move the Cougars to within a run. The Trojans meet Fresno State today at 3:30 p.m. in a matchup of the tournament's only unbeaten teams. Fresno State 0, Brlgham Young 4 The Bulldogs played long ball as they remained undefeated. Lance Shebelut and Brandon Mitchell hit consecutive homers in the first inning to give Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. champions a 2-0 lead. Steve Vondran's two-run homer in the third made it 6-1. Mike Burton hit a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Bulldogs (53-9). Steve Buckholz (3-2) pitched 4M innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory. The loss eliminated WAC champion BYU (41-18-1). Pepperdlno 11, Central Michigan 8 Catcher Mike Truschke's three-run homer in the seventh ball championship. Fresno, because of Us one loss, will have to defeat the Bruins twice today in order to take the championship. Should Fresno win the first game, a second game would follow. UCLA has won all seven games played between the schools. Three of the wins came this season: UCLA's 6-1 victory Friday and a 5-1, 5-3 doubleheader sweep Feb. 14 in Fresno. Earlier Saturday, UCLA defeated Arizona, 5-0. Lisa Longaker (28-3) was the winning pitcher. Pomona had advanced to its UCLA matchup with a 1-0 win over No. 10 Texas A&M (43-21). Pitcher Nicky Luce (25-8) went the distance for the win, and Denise Correa's solo home run in seventh was the game-winner. Pomona (57-16) and Arizona (54-18) finished tied for third in the tournament. The only year Mario won, it is a matter of record, was a year when his first-line car hit the wall in Turn 4 in practice and rained parts for five minutes. Mario's cheeks caught fire. The good news was, his backup car had such a tendency to overheat, he babied it around the track. All the way to Victory Lane. But the first of his putative many trips there turned out to be his last. He won races from Trenton to the Grand Prix championships of Spain, France and Italy. He was on the pole at Indy three times and started in the first or second row 14 times. His car logo should have been snake eyes superimposed on a black cat and a busted straight. He "won" his second Indy in 1981 when he finished second to Bobby Unser but Unser was penalized one lap after a review of the films the next morning showed he broke the rules by passing cars under the yellow flag. But Mario's trek under the checkered flag turned out to be short-lived and checkered with controversy. On Oct. 8, the USAC review board restored the title to Unser. "They fined him $40,000. They let him keep the other $400,000," Mario notes bitterly. "He passed 11 cars under the yellow." Has Mario been trying to hustle the hustler? Trying to get a fastball past a Henry Aaron? Outslug Dempsey? Go over the middle on the Chicago Bears? Go toe-to-toe with a guy whose nickname should be Rocky? Trade bites with a lion? Fade a shooter named Slick? Mario doesn't think so. He knows every trick this track can throw at him. He has burned on it, crashed on it, even run out of fuel on it. It owes him one. Or six. Will it pay off this year? A lot of people think so. A lot more hope so. He has to get by the flossy first row of Penskes today. Getting by people has never been Mario's problem. It's getting out from under that little black cloud. If he can get by that, other cars and other drivers are easy. '167 '88 CORSICA pmii ma 1 44 4Q uo Ctaed cnd ke On ap LEASING 1aO0-33S-6948 Pasadena' aaaasMrfcHaviaourT TJeam Titans Stay inning proved to be the game-winning hit and enabled the Waves to remain the only unbeaten team in the West II Regional at Tcmpe, Ariz. Rick Ilirtenstciner, who went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs, hit a solo homer in the eighth inning for Pepperdine (36-22-1), the West Coast Athletic Conference champion. Wave starter Dennis Burbank allowed 12 hits in VA innings but pitched well enough to earn his 1 1th victory in 12 decisions. Nevada Las Vegas 2, Evansvllle 1 Scott Childress drove in both runs as the Rebels, who lost to Central Michigan, 10-7, Friday night, kept their title hopes alive in "c()jj(nl OF ORANGE INVITES PROPOSALS a T0R0 COMMUNVTC PARK mm CENTER V, I r?j I AZUSACOVINA 433 E. Arrow Hwy. (818) 967-2B53 LADOWNTOWN 330 W. Olympic Blvd. (213) 748-5343 REDLANDS 1647 W REDLANDS BLVD. 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