No Fooling: Ian Kennedy Strikes Out 13 In 2-1 Win
April 1, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore right-hander Ian Kennedy struck out a career-high 13 batters Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the Washington Huskies, 2-1, in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Husky Ballpark. Kennedy allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work with two walks to earn the victory.
Kennedy (4-1) allowed a double and single in the Washington (17-11, 1-3) second and proceeded to strike out the next six straight batters en route to surpassing his previous best of 11 strikeouts set last year on Feb. 20 against Louisville.
USC (16-8, 2-2) got its only offense from second baseman Hector Estrella, who hit a two-run homer to left center in the top of the second. Kennedy outdueled Washington ace Tim Lincecum, last year's Pac-10 Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. Lincecum gave up five hits with six walks and five strikeouts to fall to 4-4 on the year.
The Huskies loaded the bases and scored their lone run in the seventh on an infield single by Zach Clem, but USC reliever Paul Koss retired Kyle Larsen on a ground out to first. Washington batters struck out 17 times in the game. Koss earned his fifth save of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and four strikeouts.
The series continues tomorrow and Sunday (April 3) with 1 p.m. starts for both games. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com. Saturday's game will be televised on FOX Sports Northwest.
USC 020-000-000---2-6-0UW 000-000-100---1-8-0
WP-Kennedy (4-1) LP-Lincecum (4-4) S-Koss (5)T: 3:19 ATT: 526Records: USC (16-8, 2-2), Washington (17-11, 1-3)
Kennedy, Koss (7) and Clement.Lincecum, Dowling (8), Conover (9) and Lane.