No. 23 USC Rallies With 6-5 Win In 10 Innings Against Nevada

March 18, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Cyle Hankerd's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday gave the No. 23 USC Trojans the 6-5 win against the Nevada Wolf Pack in day one action at the 2005 OCYSF-UC Irvine Tournament from Anteater Ballpark. Hankerd went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Trojans rallied from a four-run deficit.

It was the first time in six games this season that USC (11-6) won a game while trailing after seven innings.

Paul Koss (2-0) earned the win for the Trojans with two no-hit innings in relief while Nevada's Wesley Dorsett (0-1) took the loss.

The Wolf Pack jumped on USC starter Ian Kennedy with four runs in the second, thanks to two-run homers by Ben Mummy and David Ciarlo. Jacob Butler added an RBI single in the fifth for a 5-1 Nevada lead.

Kennedy allowed the most runs (five) and home runs (two) in his career at USC. He allowed five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Nevada received a strong effort from starter Tim Schoeninger, who did not factor in the decision despite throwing seven innings (6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO).

Freshman first baseman Lucas Duda hit an RBI double in the third for the Trojans' lone run. Preseason All-America catcher Jeff Clement added USC's second run on a double in the sixth to score Darin Vieira.

USC tied the game with three runs in the eighth. Shortstop Blake Sharpe hit an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Nevada third baseman Carlos Madrid. Back-to-back walks to Clement and Billy Hart loaded the bases for freshman Matt Cusick. Cusick singled to right for the first run. Designated hitter Cyle Hankerd took a 3-2 fastball from Dorsett inside for ball four and a bases-loaded walk. Daniel Perales then lifted a fly ball to center to score Hart and tie the game at five apiece.

Shawn Scobee led off the Wolf Pack ninth with a walk, but was doubled up when Ciarlo hit a bullet line drive to Hart at third base for a key double play for the Trojans. Clement led off the bottom of the 10th with his second hit of the afternoon, a single to right. With an 0-2 count, Hart used a run-and-slash attempt to knock a bloop single into center for runners at first and second. A ground ball by Cusick moved Clement to third before Hankerd's game-winning hit.

The tournament continues tomorrow with USC taking on Stony Brook with a 1 p.m. scheduled start. The game will be broadcast live on, along with Gametracker live stats.

NEV	040-010-000-0---5-6-1USC	001-001-030-1---6-11-1

Note: 1 out, 2 runners left on base when game ended

WP-Koss (2-0) LP-Dorsett (0-1)T: 3:16 ATT: 185Records: USC (11-6) Nevada (9-8)

Schoeninger, Taylor (8), Dorsett (8) and Hayes.Kennedy, Williams (6), Koss (9) and Clement.

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