Baseball America Names Two Trojans To 2005 All-America First Team
June 22, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) and junior catcher Jeff Clement (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown HS) earned 2005 Baseball America All-America first team honors, becoming the first pair of USC consensus first-team All-Americans since Seth Etherton and Jack Krawczyk in 1998.
Kennedy went 12-3 this season with a 2.54 ERA and currently leads the nation with 158 total strikeouts (the NCAA recognizes strikeouts per nine innings as the standard). In 117 innings this season, Kennedy allowed 85 hits, allowed 33 earned runs and walked 38 batters. He was named as the 2005 District IX Player of the Year (covering California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, Arizona and Alaska) by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year. Kennedy also earned 2005 All-America first team honors by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.
Clement, who was selected third overall on June 7 by the Seattle Mariners in the 2005 MLB draft, led the Trojans in most offensive categories this season. He batted .348 (80-for-230) with 17 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI. He also led the team in walks (44) while stealing a career-high five bases and throwing out 25 of 68 baserunners (37%). He was a finalist for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award and is a finalist for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, which will be announced next Wednesday (June 29) in Wichita, Kansas.
For his career, Clement finished second all-time with 46 career home runs behind Mark McGwire (54). Clement also earned 2005 All-America first team honors by Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Sports Weekly, as well as NCBWA third team honors.
USC can now lay claim to 175 All-America selections during its fabled history, along with 91 first team selections. The Trojans finished the 2005 season with a 41-22 record and their fifth NCAA Super Regional appearance in the last seven years.