Kalter Takes His Turn With No. 23 USC's 5-0 Shutout Against UC Irvine

March 20, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Zack Kalter threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings while Cyle Hankerd went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI Sunday as the No. 23 USC Trojans shut out the UC Irvine Anteaters, 5-0, in final day action at the 2005 OCYSF-UC Irvine Tournament. USC has now won four straight and six of its last seven games.

With yesterday's 10-0 shutout against Stony Brook, USC registered its first back-to-back shutouts since the 1988 season when the Trojans shut out Pepperdine (6-0 on Feb. 6) and Cal State Los Angeles (3-0 on Feb. 8). Trojan pitchers have combined for 23 1/3 scoreless innings since allowing a run in the fifth on Friday against Nevada.

Hankerd earned tournament most valuable player honors after going 7-for-11 (.636) for the weekend with two doubles and six RBI for the Trojans. Brett Bannister, who pitched a complete game shutout yesterday against Stony Brook, was named as the tournament's most valuable pitcher.

Kalter (2-2) had his best start as a Trojan, scattering four hits and striking out five without allowing a walk. For the season, Kalter now leads Trojan starters with a 1.88 ERA (28 2/3 IP, 29 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 21 SO). Paul Koss completed the combined shutout with 1 2/3 innings of relief.

USC (13-6) handed UCI starter Justin Cassel (3-1) his first loss of the season as the Anteater right-hander allowing five runs on 10 hits in eight innings with a walk and six strikeouts. UC Irvine falls to 12-11 overall.

Hart led off the second with a single to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice by freshman second baseman Matt Cusick. Hankerd singled up the middle to score Hart as the Trojans took a 1-0 lead. USC added its second run in the third on Hart's RBI double. Hart finished the evening with a 3-for-4 performance with a double and one RBI.

Jeff Clement and Hart led off the Trojan half of the sixth with back-to-back singles. Cassel was called for a balk, moving both runners to second and third. Cusick hit a line drive grounder to UCI first baseman Jaime Martinez, who kept the runners from advancing, but Hankerd followed with a two-run double to right.

Down by five in the eighth, the Anteaters' best chance came after Jaime Martinez and Chad Lundahl singled to knock Kalter out of the game. Koss entered the game, walked Brett Dalton to load the bases and got leadoff hitter Ollie Linton to pop up in foul territory to Clement. He then struck out Danny Miramontes on a full count pitch to end the UCI threat.

USC travels to Pepperdine on Tuesday (March 22) for a 2 p.m. nonconference game before beginning Pac-10 Conference play next weekend against Arizona State at Dedeaux Field. The series with ASU starts on Thursday (March 24) at 6 p.m., continues on Friday (March 25) and concludes on Saturday (March 26) at 1 p.m. All four games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

USC	011-002-100---5-10-0UCI	000-000-000---0-5-1

WP-Kalter (2-2) LP-Cassel (3-1)T: 2:48 ATT: 1,213Records: USC (13-6) UC Irvine (12-11)

Kalter, Koss (8) and Clement.Cassel, Erickson (9) and Wagner.

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