The Trojans are looking to open their Pac-12 slate on a high note.
Kennedy was a first-round selection (21st overall) by the New York Yankees in the 2006 major league baseball draft...for his three-year career, Kennedy went 24-12 with a 3.09 ERA...in 311 1/3 innings, he allowed 271 hits, 107 earned runs, 105 walks and 380 strikeouts...finished third all-time with 380 strikeouts behind Rik Currier (449) and Seth Etherton (420) and second all-time for strikeouts per nine innings (10.99) behind Mark Prior (11.52).
As the team's No. 1 starter for the third straight year, Kennedy went 5-7 with a 3.90 ERA (101 2/3 IP, 100 H, 44 ER, 36 BB, 102 SO, .258 opponents' batting average)...received All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition...in the season opener at No. 22/20 Long Beach State, he was the hard-luck loser after the 49ers scored three runs thanks to two fly balls that were lost in a heavy fog at Blair Field...went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts against the 49ers...on Feb. 10 against Florida International, he threw seven shutout innings and allowed three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts...he was one out away from a no-hitter on Feb. 17 against Kansas at the Public Storage Baseball Classic before allowing a single to center...in the Kansas game, he struck out 13 batters and passed the 300-strikeout mark in his career, the seventh Trojans to accomplish the feat...for his efforts, he was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time in his career...despite a loss on March 2 against Georgia, he struck out 11 batters and registered double digits in strikeouts for the 11th time in his career...earned his first win of the season since Feb. 17 on April 7 against California, going 10 innings in the 2-1 win and allowing only one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts...became the first Trojan pitcher to go 10 innings in a game since Jackie Nickell did it against UCLA on May 15, 1992...on April 28 at Washington State, Kennedy allowed two runs in eight innings during USC's 9-2 win...named 2006 Preseason All-America first team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
For the second straight year, Kennedy pitched for the U.S. National Team...became the fifth Trojan to play in back-to-back seasons for Team USA, joining Jacque Jones, Eric Munson, Anthony Reyes and Jeff Clement...went 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA...in five starts, he allowed nine runs and 11 hits in 28 innings with 10 walks, 35 strikeouts and a .118 opponents' batting average...tossed seven no-hit innings against Chinese Taipei on July 15 in Taiwan, striking out nine and walking two in a 1-0 victory.
Kennedy established himself as the latest in a long line of top-flight pitchers at USC as a 2005 sophomore after earning consensus All-America first team honors...named All-America first team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...became the eighth Trojan to be named as Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year...went 12-2 with a 2.54 ERA (117 IP, 85 H, 33 ER, 38 BB, 158 SO, .201 opponents' batting average)...his 158 strikeouts place him fourth on USC's single-season all-time list...his 12.15 strikeouts per nine innings ratio was the fifth-best in school history...in Pac-10 games, he was 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA (59 1/3 IP, 42 H, 14 ER, 17 BB, 88 SO, .200 OBA)...lasted eight and 1/3 innings on June 4 in a 6-4 win against host Long Beach State at the NCAA First-Round Regional, scattering eight hits and four runs with six strikeouts...went eight innings and earned the win against No. 25 Stanford on May 27, allowing one earned run on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts...struck out 14 in seven innings on May 13 against Washington State, allowing one run on four hits with two walks...on May 3, he earned his second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors of the season after striking out 14 batters in eight scoreless innings at No. 9/10 Arizona on April 29, allowing just three hits against a Wildcat team that was batting .328 prior to the game...in the 13-0 shutout, Kennedy and the Trojans gave Arizona starter John Meloan his first loss in 18 career starts...he defeated four front-line pitchers (all on the road): John Meloan (Arizona), Ricky Romero (Cal State Fullerton), Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State) and Tim Lincecum (Washington)...recorded two "victories" in two days on April 20 at No. 2 Cal State Fullerton and April 22 at Cal...in the resumption of a halted game from Feb. 20, Kennedy went eight against against the defending national champion Titans, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts...pitched seven innings on Feb. 20 and one inning on April 20 for the win...improved to 7-1 on the season at Cal with seven innings as he allowed two earned runs with no walks and seven strikeouts...on April 9 against UCLA on a televised broadcast, Kennedy threw his first complete game with a three-hit shutout, walking two and striking out a career-high 15 batters in a 9-0 victory...earned his first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for his efforts against UCLA...struck out a then career-high 13 batters on April 1 at Washington in 6 2/3 innings...struck out six straight batters in a 2-1 win against the Huskies...took the loss on March 4 against Texas A&M at the Maxwell Auto Group Round Rock Classic, but opened the game by striking out the first seven batters he faced and finishing with 10 strikeouts for the game...struck out the side in the ninth inning in his first appearance on Feb. 8 against San Diego State and outdueled 2004 USA National Team cohort Cesar Ramos in a 4-3 win on Feb. 12 at No. 17 Long Beach State...against the Dirtbags, Kennedy went six innings, allowing just four hits with one unearned run, two walks and six strikeouts...named as a Baseball America Preseason All-America third team selection.
In his 2004 freshman season, Kennedy was the team's No. 1 starter and registered a 7-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and one save...in 92 2/3 innings, he allowed 86 hits with 31 walks and 120 strikeouts (15 starts)...earned All-Pac-10 and Baseball America Midseason Freshman All-America honors...earned the win at No. 1 Stanford on May 21 with six innings of work, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts...recorded a victory at Washington State on April 16, allowing a run in seven innings with eight strikeouts and struck out the side in the third and seventh innings...in a televised game on March 27 against UCLA, he threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in the Trojans' 5-0 win...defeated No. 22 Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., with 6 2/3 innings of work (5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 SO)...earned his first collegiate save in his only relief appearance of the season on March 2 at UC Irvine, striking out the side in the ninth...struck out 10 batters in five innings in a win on Feb. 27 against No. 5 Georgia Tech at the Kia Baseball Bash in Fullerton, allowing two runs on five hits...struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings against Louisville at the Public Storage Baseball Classic, allowing just two hits and no walks...did not get the decision in his collegiate debut on Feb. 13 against No. 9 Long Beach State against eventual Golden Spikes Award winner Jered Weaver, allowing only one hit and one unearned run in five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.
He earned All-CIF Division IV honors in his senior season at La Quinta High in Huntington Beach, Calif...named CIF Division IV co-most valuable player and earned Orange County Register and Garden Grove League most valuable player honors in his junior season...recorded 13 wins as a junior and led the county with a 0.38 ERA (five earned runs in 90 2/3 innings) and strikeouts (168) while batting .373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI.
He has not declared a major...parents are Sean and Teri...enjoys wakeboarding, surfing and dirt bike riding in his spare time...lists Dumb And Dumber as his favorite movie...lists Friends, Real World and Baseball Tonight as his favorite television shows...birthdate is Dec. 19, 1984.