No. 25 USC Defeats No. 15 San Diego, 8-3, To Win Public Storage Classic
Feb. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES --- Senior Baron Frost (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI while freshman Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) improved to 3-0 on the season as the No. 25 USC Trojans defeated the No. 15 San Diego Toreros, 8-3, in the final game of the 2006 Public Storage Baseball Classic.
USC and San Diego finished the tournament with matching 2-1 records with the Trojans winning the Classic based on the head-to-head result.
Milone allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts for the Trojans (7-4). USC is now 17-3 all-time against San Diego, which fell to 7-2 on the season.
Junior Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) went 2-for-4 to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games. Hankerd earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the tournament after batting .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles and four RBI.
This season, Hankerd is batting .522 (24-for-46) with five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 19 RBI. He leads the team with an .870 slugging percentage and .582 on-base percentage.
Frost singled in Hankerd on a double to left center in the first off San Diego starter Josh Romanski for an early 1-0 lead. Romanski (0-1) took the loss after giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
USC took a 3-0 lead in the third on Frost's two-run single up the middle. Steve Singleton hit a two-run single off Milone in the fifth, cutting the USC lead to 4-2. Both teams scored a run before the Trojans broke it open in the seventh with three runs.
Trojan right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS), who was one out away from a no-hitter on Friday vs. Kansas, was named Most Outstanding Pitcher.
USC will host San Diego State on Tuesday (Feb. 21) in a 6 p.m. game at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live, along with live video streaming, on usctrojans.com.
USD 000-020-100---3-11-0USC 102-110-30x---8-11-1
WP - Milone (3-0) LP - Romanski (0-1)T - 3:04 ATT - 814Records: San Diego (7-2), USC (7-4)
Romanski, Pecina (5), Salma (7) and Abruzzo.Milone, Olsen (7), Parrow (8), Koss (9) and Bowden.
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