Ian Kennedy Named To 2005 U.S. National Team
July 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES - USC right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach, Calif./La Quinta HS) has been selected to the 2005 U.S. National Team as announced today by USA Baseball. Kennedy becomes the fifth Trojan to earn back-to-back National Team selections.
The soon-to-be junior pitcher joins Jacque Jones (1995 and 1996), Eric Munson (1997 and 1998), Anthony Reyes (2000 and 2001) and Jeff Clement (2003 and 2004) as two-time Team USA representatives. A total of 13 Trojans have played for Team USA with 18 overall selections.
Kennedy went 12-3 this season with a 2.54 ERA and led 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, 33 earned runs and walked 38 batters. Kennedy was a 2005 consensus first-team All-American, earning honors by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, as well as being named Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year.
He was also named 2005 District IX Player of the Year (covering California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai'i, Arizona and Alaska) by the NCBWA. Kennedy was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award (given to the nation's top collegiate pitcher) and Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy (one of several awards given to the nation's top collegiate player).
The 22-man Team USA roster begins play Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Torrington Twisters at Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Conn. After two more games against teams from the NECBL, Team USA travels to Japan to participate in the 34th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. The Americans will be looking to capture the series overseas for the first time since 1979. Team USA will also play a five-game series in Taiwan before returning to the United States for series against Italy and Nicaragua.