Vanderbilt Defeats No. 25 USC, 6-2, In Day Two At Public Storage Classic

Feb. 18, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Left fielder Matt Meingasner hit a two-run single and started a key double play in the fifth Saturday as the Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the No. 25 USC Trojans, 6-2, in day two action at the 2006 Public Storage Classic at Dedeaux Field. San Diego defeated Kansas, 17-6, in earlier action.

The Commodores snapped USC's six-game win streak.

Meingasner caught a fly ball in foul territory and threw a strike to catcher Brian Hernandez, who tagged out USC's Blake Sharpe from third in the fifth.

Matt Buschmann (1-0) earned the win for Vanderbilt (1-1) after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Vanderbilt scored five runs in the third off freshman starter Ryan Cook (0-1), who hit one batter and walked two, including one with the bases loaded.

USC reliever John Dunn (Torrance/West HS) threw a perfect three innings in relief for the Trojans, which falls to 6-4 on the season.

Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Blake Sharpe had a 2-for-4 night as both players extended their season-opening streaks to 10 games. Hankerd is batting a torrid .524 (22-for-42) with three home runs and 19 RBI.

Tomorrow's action begins at noon with Kansas facing Vanderbilt while USC and San Diego will finish the tournament with a 4 p.m. start. Gametracker live stats will be available for both games on USC's game will be broadcast live, along with live video streaming.

VU	005-100-000---6-9-2USC	101-000-000---2-9-1

WP - Buschmann (1-0) LP - Cook (0-1)T - 2:48 ATT - 704Records: Vanderbilt (1-1), USC (6-4)

Buschmann, S. Shao (7) and Hernandez.Cook, Dunn (7) and Bowden.

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