TUCSON, Ariz. ?- USC’s Ian Kennedy struck out 14 Arizona batters over eight innings and the No. 10-ranked Wildcats matched their season low for hits at four in a 13-0 loss to the No. 21-ranked Trojans at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium on Friday.
The loss was Arizona’s fourth straight and dropped the Wildcats to 27-15 overall and into a tie for first with Oregon State, which defeated Arizona State 6-5 on Friday, in the Pac-10 at 10-3. USC improved to 27-13 overall and moved one game behind the Wildcats and Beavers in the conference standings at 9-4.
Kennedy kept the Wildcat hitters off balance all night, retiring UA in order in five of his eight innings on the mound. He gave up just three hits on the night and finished with just two walks to improve to 8-1 for the year.
The Trojan offense meanwhile scored eight runs on nine hits in six innings off of Arizona starter John Meloan (7-1). The Wildcat right-hander was charged with his first loss of the year and saw his 17-game winning streak come to an end. Meloan finished the game with a five walks and a season-low one strikeout.
Aided by four ninth-inning walks, the USC tacked on five more runs in the final frame to win going away.
Individually, No. 8 hitter Hector Estrealla led the offensive change, finishing the game 4 for 5 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored. SC’s Matt Cusick (3 for 6, 2 RBI, R) and Billy Hart (2 for 4, RBI, R) each tallied multiple hits in the game. Daring Vieira hit his fourth home run of the year for the Trojans and finished the contest with three runs scored.
Arizona will attempt to end it longest losing streak of the year on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the second game of the three-game set. UA’s Kevin Guyette will take the mound against USC’s Jack Spradlin. The game can be seen live on FOX Sports Net Arizona.