No. 24 USC Takes Series-Opener Over Stanford, 5-2

May 27, 2005

Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 24 USC (36-18, 14-8 Pac-10) won the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series over Stanford (31-22, 11-11 Pac-10) on Friday at Dedeaux Field, 5-2, as Ian Kennedy and Paul Koss combined on a five-hitter. Kennedy (11-2) earned the victory by holding the Cardinal to two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over the first 8.0 innings. Koss pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing just one walk. Billy Hart (3-3, 2 2B) led the Trojans offensively, while Blake Sharpe (2-4, HR, RBI), Cyle Hankerd (2-4, 2 RBI) and Baron Frost (2-3, RBI) also had a pair of hits each.

Chris Minaker extended his career-best hit streak to 11 games with an eighth inning double for the Cardinal that was his team-high 20th two-bagger of season. Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr., Ben Summerhays and Michael Taylor had Stanford's other four hits.

Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (5-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings. The Cardinal led 2-0 after four innings as Romanczuk held the Trojans scoreless before giving up one run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

USC added an insurance run in the eighth.

Stanford and USC continue the final series of the regular season for both teams on Saturday (2 pm, PT) and Sunday (1 pm, PT). Stanford is scheduled to start RHP Jeff Gilmore (9-2, 3.61) on Saturday versus USC LHP Jack Spradlin (5-3, 4.39). On Sunday, USC has named RHP Brett Bannister as its starting pitcher, while Stanford has not announced a probable starter.

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