Kennedy Delivers In Trojans' 7-0 Win Against Louisville
Feb. 20, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Freshman pitcher Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) struck out 11 batters in seven shutout innings Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 7-0, in the second game of the 2004 USC/Public Storage Baseball Classic at Dedeaux Field. Kennedy allowed only two hits and did not allow a walk for his first collegiate victory.
After allowing a single to Louisville's Nick Haley in the first, Kennedy retired 20 of the next 21 batters he faced. This season, Kennedy has thrown 12 innings and allowed only one run (unearned) with three walks and 19 strikeouts. He is the Trojans' first freshman to be the team's No. 1 starter since Randy Flores in 1994.
USC improves to 2-3 on the season while Louisville, playing in its season opener, falls to 0-1.
Seven Trojans had two or more hits in the game as USC hammered out a season-high 17 hits. Freshman Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) went 3-for-3, reaching base in all five plate appearances. Freshman second baseman Hector Estrella (Rosemead/Northview HS) went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Sophomore Jeff Clement made his first appearance of the season after missing the first four games due to mononucleosis. In his first at-bat, Clement tripled off the right field wall on the first pitch from Louisville starter Mike Tisdale. Clement scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Baron Frost.
Back-to-back doubles in the fifth by third baseman Michael Moon and Metropoulos gave the Trojans another run in the fifth. Clement followed with an RBI single to score Metropoulos for a 3-0 advantage. In the top of the fifth, an RBI single by freshman second baseman Hector Estrella and bases loaded walk to Moon added two more runs for the Trojans.
In earlier action, Notre Dame defeated San Diego State by a 7-1 margin.
NOTE: Tomorrow's game times have been changed. The San Diego State-Louisville game will start at 11 a.m. Pacific with the USC-Notre Dame game now at 3 p.m.
USC 010-022-002 - 7-17-0 LOU 000-000-000 - 0-2-1
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