Bannister Turns In Oscar-Winning Performance For 8-2 Win At No. 13 Stanford

Feb. 27, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - Preseason All-America first team catcher Jeff Clement went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI Sunday as the No. 22 USC Trojans salvaged their nonconference series with an 8-2 win over the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal at Sunken Diamond. Clement hit two doubles in a game for the second time in his career (March 17, 2004, at Tulane).

USC right-hander Brett Bannister (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) earned his second win of the season (2-0) after throwing five shutout innings, scattering three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Freshman Nolan Gallagher (0-2) took the loss for Stanford after going just 2 1/3 innings (4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 WP, 1 HB).

The Trojans improve to 5-2 on the season while the Cardinal fall to 9-6.

Blake Sharpe walked in the first and moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches by Gallagher. Clement then hammered a double into deep right center for a 1-0 USC lead.

The Cardinal tried to answer when Bannister hit right fielder Michael Taylor on a 1-2 count to load the bases in the second, but Chris Minaker flied out to right to end the inning with Sharpe making a diving catch.

USC added a run in the third on an RBI single by Cyle Hankerd to score Clement and knock out Gallagher. With runners at the corners and one out, reliever Matt Leva came in to retire designated hitter Baron Frost and first baseman Lucas Duda.

The top of the fourth provided the needed spark for the Trojans with a four-run outburst. Shortstop Hector Estrella walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a groundout by freshman Matt Cusick. Sharpe drew another walk, followed by Clement's second double to score Estrella. Stanford intentionally walked third baseman Billy Hart to load the bases for pinch hitter Darin Vieira. Vieira hit a rocket line drive off second baseman Jed Lowrie for the second run. Hankerd bunted a safety squeeze down the first base line with no one to cover at first as everyone advanced. Frost capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center.

Two more runs in the seventh made it an 8-0 Trojan lead when Cusick's fly ball bounced off Taylor's glove on the run to score Daniel Perales and Estrella. Stanford snapped the shut out in the eighth on a two-run single by Ryan Seawell.

The Trojans return home to host UC Riverside on Tuesday (March 1) at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

USC		101-400-200---8-10-1Stanford	000-000-020---2-12-1

WP-Bannister (2-0) LP-Gallagher (0-2)T: 3:05 ATT: 1,984Records: USC (5-2) Stanford (9-6)

Bannister, Friedman (6), Koss (8) and Clement.Gallagher, Leva (3), Reynolds (6), Manship (8), Stimpson (9) and Hester.

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