Home Run Derby Helps USC Complete Series Sweep Over FIU In 13-4 Win
Feb. 12, 2006
LOS ANGELES --- Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) and Baron Frost (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) had three hits and two home runs each Sunday as the USC Trojans completed a three-game series sweep with a 13-4 win against the Florida International Golden Panthers.
The Trojans hit six home runs on the afternoon, the most since June 9, 2001, when USC also hit six home runs at the College World Series against Georgia. The game against Georgia also was the last time that two Trojans hit two home runs in a game (Alberto Concepcion and Bill Peavey).
Frost tied a career-high with five RBI in the 3-for-4 performance.
USC (4-3) has now won four straight games after an 0-3 start. FIU falls to 2-5 on the season as USC is now 5-0 all-time in the series.
Freshman Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) improved to 2-0 on the season after going 6 1/3 innings for the Trojans, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Hankerd continued a hot start to the 2006 season, opening with a seven-game hitting streak. In the first seven games, Hankerd is batting .500 (14-for-28) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 RBI. As a team, USC is batting .355.
Frost opened the scoring in the first with a three-run homer to left off FIU starter Chris Siebenaler (1-2). Both teams traded a run in the third before Frost delivered again in the fifth with a two-run shot to left as USC took a 7-1 lead.
The Trojans blasted three more homers in the eighth after FIU cut the lead to 8-4 in the seventh. Daniel Perales and Hector Estrella hit back-to-back solo shots to right to lead off the inning and Hankerd later added a three-run homer to right center.
USC travels to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday (Feb. 14) for a 2 p.m. game before hosting the 2006 Public Storage Baseball Classic next weekend. The Classic will feature Kansas (which took two of three this weekend at Stanford), Vanderbilt and San Diego (which opened the season with a three-game sweep against defending national champion Texas).
All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
FIU 001-001-200---4-9-3USC 301-031-05x---13-16-4
WP - Milone (2-0) LP - Siebenaler (1-2)T - 3:02 ATT - 372Records: Florida International (2-5), USC (4-3)
Siebenaler, Diaz (6), Horstmann (8) and Marquez, Bautista (8).Milone, Dunn (7), Parrow (7), Koss (9) and Frost, Salinas (8).