No. 24 USC Falls At Hawai'i, 4-3

Feb. 24, 2006

HONOLULU --- Esteban Lopez's RBI groundout in the sixth proved to be the game-winner Friday as the University of Hawai'i Rainbows defeated the No. 24 USC Trojans, 4-3, in nonconference action at Les Murakami Stadium. Steven Wright (3-0) outdueled USC's Ian Kennedy with nine strikeout on the evening.

Hawai'i improved to 10-2 on the season while USC fell to 7-6 overall. Baron Frost went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Trojans in a losing effort while Blake Sharpe added a 3-for-4 night.

USC is playing in Honolulu for the first time since 1997.

Kennedy allowed seven hits on four runs (three earned) in seven innings, walking two and striking out five. Wright scattered nine hits, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings with one walk. Darrell Fisherbaugh was able to enter the game in the ninth with a runner at second, striking out Sharpe and retiring Cyle Hankerd on a fly ball to get his third save of the season.

The Trojans took a 3-2 lead in the fifth after Frost hit an RBI single to center. Luis Avila led off the Hawai'i sixth with a double to right. Jonathan Hee then attempted a sacrifice bunt that went to Kennedy. With a possible play at third, Kennedy bobbled the ball and then threw wide of the bag at first as the tying run scored. With Hee at second, Jorge Franco sacrificed him to third before Lopez brought home Hee for the game-winner.

Game two of the series is tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. (Honolulu time) with the series finale on Sunday (Feb. 26) at 1:05 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

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WP - Wright (3-0) LP - Kennedy (2-2) S - Fisherbaugh (3)T - 3:01 ATT - 3,433Records: USC (7-6), Hawai'I (10-2)

Kennedy, Dunn (8) and Bowden, Salinas (8).Wright, Olsen (7), Fisherbaugh (9) and Lopez.

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