Kennedy Strikes Out 10 In USC's 12-0 Shutout Vs. Florida International

Feb. 10, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- All-America right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) allowed just three hits in seven innings while striking out 10 Friday as the USC Trojans shut out the Florida International Golden Panthers, 12-0, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. It was USC's first shutout since April 29, 2005, when the Trojans won 13-0 at Arizona in a game where Kennedy struck out 14 batters.

Kennedy (1-1) moved into seventh place on USC's all-time list for career strikeouts with 295 and is now 17 behind Randy Powers (1987-90) for sixth place.

Matt Cusick (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita HS) went 3-for-5 with four RBI for the Trojans (2-3) while Daniel Perales (Orange/Mater Dei HS) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Kyle Preshong (0-1) took the loss for Florida International (2-3) after giving up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

In the top of the second, the Golden Panthers put runners at second and third after Luis Bautista's double, but Kennedy struck out J.C. Perez and retired Yosvel Barroso on an infield pop fly. USC loaded the bases in the fifth, but Preshong got Cusick to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Trojans snapped the scoreless tie in the sixth after Blake Sharpe and right fielder Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) led off with singles to put runners at the corners. Lucas Duda lifted a fly ball to left, scoring Sharpe. Hankerd then advanced to third when Preshong's pickoff attempt went wide. Baron Frost attempted a squeeze bunt, but popped the ball toward the third base side. FIU third baseman Nick Cadena could not handle the popup as Hankerd slid at home plate, but was still six inches away. During the confusion, Hankerd crawled and tapped home for the second run while Frost ran to second with no one covering before shortstop Corey Lozano tagged him out.

USC sent 13 batters to the plate as part of a seven-run seventh inning with a two-run double by Hankerd and two-run single from Perales. Hankerd has opened the season with a five-game hitting streak, batting .500 (10-for-20) and a team-leading eight RBI.

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the finale on Sunday (Feb. 12). Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

FIU	000-000-000---0-5-2UCR	000-002-73x---12-12-1

WP - Kennedy (1-1) LP - Preshong (0-1)T - 3:17 ATT - 435Records: Florida International (2-3), USC (2-3)

Preshong, Horstmann (6), Elias (7), Alfonso (7) and Bautista.Kennedy, Parrow (8), Schlack (9) and Bowden, Salinas (9).

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