Trojans Beat Bruins With 6-4 Win In Pac-10 Action

April 30, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) delivered a two-out RBI double in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 6-4, in Pac-10 Conference action at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With the win, the Trojans secure at least 2.5 points in the season series towards the Lexus Gauntlet standings and can earn all five points with a win tomorrow or Sunday.

The Trojans snap a three-game losing streak, improving to 21-22 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10 play. USC is now tied for third place with Oregon State, one game back of second-place Washington. UCLA is now 23-19 overall and 6-7 in conference.

Clayton Wentworth (4-2) earned the win for the Trojans, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Wentworth allowed only one hit, walked one and struck out three, including Matt Thayer looking to end the game. Casey Janssen (7-3) took the loss for the Bruins, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

USC sophomore catcher Jeff Clement hit his ninth home run of the season with a two-run shot to left center in the first.

The Trojans used solo shots to take a 4-0 lead with Baron Frost and Jon Brewster hitting home runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. It was the third homer of the season for both players.

The Bruins threatened in the fourth with runners at first and second with two outs, but Kennedy struck out Brandon Averill looking on a 3-2 count and retired catcher Chris Denove on a fly out to left.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins finally got to Kennedy in a big way with four runs off five hits. Ryan McCarthy blooped a two-run double down the right field line, capped by an RBI single to right by Thayer.

Billy Hart led off the eighth with a single to right. Brewster sacrificed Hart to second on an 0-2 count, followed by pinch hitter Josh Fogel's groundout which moved Hart to third. UCLA reliever Brant Rustich entered the game and gave up the double to Hankerd for the eventual game-winner. Senior Michael Moon singled to center, scoring Hankerd to complete the scoring.

Freshman Ian Kennedy took the no-decision for the Trojans, allowing a season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs, walked two and struck out eight. Kennedy, the first freshman No. 1 starter at USC since Randy Flores in 1994, now has 101 strikeouts on the season.

The series continues tomorrow and Sunday with 1 p.m. starts for both games. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

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