USC Shuts Out UCLA, 5-0, For Third Straight Victory
March 27, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Ian Kennedy threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday as the USC Trojans shut out the UCLA Bruins, 5-0, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. Kennedy struck out eight while scattering seven hits with one walk. Junior Michael Friedman earned his second save with 1 2/3 no-hit innings for the Trojans' third straight victory and fourth in five games.
USC (12-13) has now won 11 straight games at home against UCLA (13-10). It was the fourth shutout for the Trojans this season.
Kennedy (4-0) worked out of several jams in a pitchers' duel with UCLA's Bryan Beck through the first six innings. In the UCLA first and runners at first and second, Kennedy got designated hitter Wes Whisler to ground into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning. With a full count and runners at first and second in the sixth with one out, Kennedy struck out right fielder Matt Thayer as catcher Jeff Clement completed the unconventional double play by throwing out Brett McMillan at third.
For the season, Kennedy has a 1.88 ERA. In 43 innings, he has allowed 33 hits, 11 runs (nine earned), 15 walks and 62 strikeouts with opponents hitting .210 against him.
Beck (2-2) allowed a run (unearned) on four hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Bruins with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Trojans scored in the sixth when Joey Metropoulos, who reached on an error by third baseman Preston Griffin and advanced to second on a Baron Frost sacrificed, recorded the first run on freshman Daniel Perales' RBI single to right. Perales went 2-for-3 and is now leading the Trojans with a .348 batting average.
Friedman entered with one out in the top of the seventh and needed only two pitches to retire McMillan and Ryan McCarthy. He has not allowed a run in 10 2/3 innings of relief this season, allowing just two hits with a walk, 10 strikeouts and .057 opponents' batting average.
Clement led off the eighth with his fourth home run of the season with a solo shot over the Dedeaux Field scoreboard in right center off UCLA reliever Adam Simon. USC scored three more runs in the inning (two unearned), including back-to-back sacrifice fly balls by designated hitter Jon Brewster and third baseman Billy Hart.
UCLA left fielder Anthony Norman went 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a walk.
The series will conclude with a 1 p.m. start tomorrow. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com. It will also mark UCLA head coach Gary Adams' final game at Dedeaux Field. Adams, in his 30th season at UCLA, is retiring at the end of the season.
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