No. 25 USC Wins 16-11 Slugfest Against UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 14, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --- Daniel Perales (Orange/Mater Dei HS) and Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) had three RBI each Tuesday as the No. 25 USC Trojans won their fifth straight game with a 16-11 victory over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The game was called after eight innings due to darkness.

USC (5-3) opened an 8-0 lead against UCSB after Hankerd hit his third home run in the past two games with a three-run shot to left in the second. Hankerd, who was named today Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week, has opened the 2006 season with an eight-game hitting streak. He is batting .500 (16-for-32) with three home runs and 15 RBI.

It was a sloppy pitching performance by both teams with a combined 17 walks and seven hit batters.

UCSB (2-3) rallied with two runs in the second and five in the third, cutting the deficit to one run. With the tying run at third, USC reliever John Dunn (1-0) retired Robbie Blauer on a fly out. Dunn then held the Gauchos in check with 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. The Trojans put the game away with eight unanswered runs.

Senior second baseman Blake Sharpe also extended his season-opening hitting streak to eight games for the Trojans. Junior catcher Johnny Bowden chipped in two hits, both singles.

USC hosts the 2006 Public Storage Baseball Classic this weekend (Feb. 17-19) at Dedeaux Field. The tournament field features Kansas, Vanderbilt and No. 15 San Diego. Vanderbilt plays San Diego on Friday at 2 p.m. with USC taking on Kansas at 6 p.m. All three USC games will be broadcast live, along with live streaming video, on All six games will also be available on Gametracker live stats.

USC	530-321-20---16-11-0UCSB	025-000-31---11-12-3

Game halted after eight innings (darkness)

WP - Dunn (1-0) LP - Hill (0-1)T - 3:35 ATT - 250Records: USC (5-3), UC Santa Barbara (2-3)

Olsen, Buxbaum (3), Martlaro (3), Dunn (3), Parrow (7), Koss (8) and Bowden.Hill, Graham (2), Martin (3), Wade (4), Schoneberger (5), Segal (6) and McColgan.

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