Cougars Fall In Opener Against USC, 9-2

April 28, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Ian Kennedy allowed two runs over eight innings of work to lead USC to a 9-2 victory over Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference series opener Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The loss snaps a four-game Cougar winning streak and drops the Cougars to 27-16 overall, 5-8 in conference action. USC improves to 24-20, 10-6 in Pac-10 play.

USC opened the scoring in the second inning when Lucas Duda singled home Baron Frost, who walked to lead off the inning. Daniel Vieira then sacrificed Daniel Perales home to make it 2-0 lead. In the third the Trojans added two more runs on RBIs from Frost and Perales.

The Cougars added single runs in the third and fourth to cut the lead in half. In the third Jeff Milled led off with a double and scored on Greg Lagreid's sacrifice fly to right. In the fourth a two-out rally produced another run as Jared Prince laced a double to center then came home on Jim Murphy's RBI single to left.

WSU had a golden opportunity in the fifth with runners at the corners and no outs. They were left stranded as Kennedy worked out of the jam, getting a pop-up before an inning-ending double play. It marked the third time in the first five innings USC ended an inning with a double play.

USC pushed it back to a four-run lead following an RBI single from Frost in the fifth and a two-out, solo home run by Johnny Bowden in the sixth. Three more Trojan runs in the seventh made it a 9-2 lead and closed out the scoring. Cyle Hankerd had the big hit, a two-run home run over the wall in left field.

The Cougars had nine hits on the evening, two each by Miller, Murphy and Travis Coulter. On the mound Mike Wagner started and suffered the loss as he worked six innings, allowing all nine runs with three strikeouts. Ross Humes came on in the seventh and did not allow a hit in his three innings of work.

Perales led the Trojan attack with three hits and while Hankerd and Frost each had two with two RBIs. Kennedy added four strikeouts in his outing before giving way to John Dunn, who worked a perfect ninth inning.

These same two teams continue their weekend series Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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