No. 24/23 USC Opens Pac-10 Series With 9-1 Win Over Washington State
May 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Junior Baron Frost went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI Friday while sophomore Ian Kennedy continued his torrid pace with 14 strikeouts as the No. 24/23 USC Trojans defeated the Washington State Cougars, 9-1, in Pac-10 Conference action. Frost's second home run of the season broke the game open as the Trojans scored five runs in the fifth.
Kennedy (10-1) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings of work with two walks. He is 6-0 in Pac-10 games this season and has a 2.26 ERA on the season (87 2/3 IP, 61 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 128 SO, .196 opponents' batting average). The Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS product is 7-0 in his last seven starts with a 1.05 ERA in 51 2/3 innings, allowing 35 hits, six earned runs, 10 walks and 79 strikeouts. He recorded double digit strikeouts for the fifth time in his last seven tries.
USC improves to 30-15 on the season and 10-6 in Pac-10 action while Washington State falls to 20-30 overall, 0-16 in conference.
The Cougars got a run in the first off Kennedy after catcher Brady Everett belted an RBI double to right center, scoring designated hitter Jay Miller. Everett went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Freshman Matt Cusick tied the game in the second with a solo shot to right, his fourth of the season. The Trojans added two more runs in the third on an RBI ground out by Cyle Hankerd and Frost's RBI single. WSU intentionally walked Jeff Clement in the fifth to load the bases for reliever Brent Sommer, who walked Hankerd for the first run. Frost then slammed a grand slam to right center to complete the scoring on the evening.
After Kennedy allowed a leadoff walk, he retired the next 15 straight batters. Clement threw out two runners trying to steal at second as well.
The series continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday (May 15) at noon. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
WSU 100-000-000---1-4-3USC 013-050-00x---9-10-0
WP-Kennedy (10-1) LP-Jayson Miller (2-4)T: 2:25 ATT: 311Records: USC (30-15, 10-6), WSU (20-30, 0-16)
Jayson Miller, Sommer (5), Willis (8) and Everett, Franklin (7).Kennedy, Fogel (8), Aguilar (9) and Clement.