History Almost Made In No. 25 USC's 10-1 Defeat Of Kansas

Feb. 17, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Junior All-America pitcher Ian Kennedy was one out away from a no-hitter Friday as the No. 25 USC Trojans defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 10-1, in day one action at the Public Storage Baseball Classic. Ritchie Price spoiled Kennedy's bid on the first pitch with a single to center in the ninth after Kennedy had struck out 13 batters.

USC (6-3) won its sixth straight game after an 0-3 start to the 2006 season. Kennedy's feat was remarkable, considering there was a 40-minute rain delay. After the delay, Kennedy walked Price and then retired the next 13 Jayhawk batters.

On the evening, Kennedy (2-1) allowed one unearned run on a hit with three walks. It was the 10th time in his career that Kennedy has registered double digits in strikeouts. He becomes just the seventh Trojan in history to record 300 or more strikeouts in his career (Kennedy now has 308 career strikeouts). In three starts this season, Kennedy is now 2-1 with a 1.25 ERA (9 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 30 SO, .127 opponents' batting average).

The Trojans touched up Kansas starter Sean Land (2-1) with six runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits. Matt Cusick and Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) had three hits each for the Trojans. Hankerd and Blake Sharpe extended their season-opening hitting streaks to nine games. Hankerd is currently batting .514 with three home runs and 18 RBI.

Tomorrow's action begins at 1 p.m. with Kansas playing San Diego with USC hosting Vanderbilt in a 5 p.m. game. Gametracker live stats will be available for both games on usctrojans.com. USC's game will be broadcast live, along with live video streaming.

KU	000-000-001---1-2-1USC	200-044-00x---10-13-1

WP - Kennedy (2-1) LP - Land (2-1)T - 2:50 ATT - 506Records: Kansas (6-3), USC (6-3)

Land, Marks (5), Hayakawa (6), Lane (8) and Afenir, Parzyk (7).Kennedy, Schlack (9) and Bowden, Owen (8).

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