Tech Falls To No. 20 USC 6-1|
March 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - USC All-American catcher Jeff Clement plated four runs on two homers while ace pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed just one run and struckout nine to lead 20th-ranked USC to a 6-1 win over No. 21 Texas Tech on Friday night at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles.
USC (8-5) jumped on the board quickly as the Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by All-American catcher Jeff Clement.
Tech starter Brian Wyatt, making his first career start, settled down after the first inning and allowed just two more hits over the next five innings to keep Tech within striking distance. Wyatt left the game in the top of the seventh as Tech pitching coach Travis Walden brought in left-hander Dustin Richardson after Wyatt's pitch count ran to 95.
Senior catcher Cooper Fouts put Tech on the board for the first time when he laced an RBI single through the left side to pull the Red Raiders within one at 2-1. Fouts' RBI single scored second baseman Carey Avants who reached on a one-out single to center.
Jeff Clement sealed the Trojan victory in the top of the eighth when he connected on his second two-run homer of game. Clement belted a 2-2 fastball over the fence in right-center field, giving him four dingers on the season. Third baseman Billy Hart gave USC some insurance runs when he followed up a double by Cyle Hankerd with a two-run home run to left.
USC ace sophomore Ian Kennedy (2-1) was spectacular on the hill for the Trojans as he allowed just one earned run on four hits and struckout nine in 6 2/3 innings. Wyatt was charged with the loss for Texas Tech and fell to 2-1 on the season.
Texas Tech continues play in the 2005 Public Storage Classic on Saturday as the Red Raiders will take on UC-Irvine at 3 p.m. (CT) at Dedeaux Field on the USC campus.