Former Trojan Brian Bannister Bests Major League Sensation

June 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It was inevitable that Stephen Strasburg, the major league sensation for the Washington Nationals, would suffer a loss, but the record books will show today's loss came at the hands of a former Trojan. Brian Bannister (2000-03) outdueled the Nationals' media sensation as the Kansas City Royals won at Washington, 1-0.

Bannister, who was a member of USC's back-to-back squads that played in the 2000 and 2001 College World Series, improved to 7-5 on the season for the Royals with six scoreless innings. Bannister allowed only five hits with two walks and four strikeouts while Strasburg gave up a run on nine hits in six innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.

Now in his fifth season in the majors, Bannister was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 draft by the New York Mets and made his debut in 2006 for the Mets.