Trojans Fall To No. 19 Beavers 5-3
April 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES--OSU's Ryan Dunn went 3-for-5 with a home run to lead the Beavers to 5-3 win over USC at Dedeaux Field on Friday night. The Trojans (20-17 overall, 5-10 Pac-12) have now lost seven of their last eight games.
Things got off to a rocky start for USC as the Beavers opened the first with a single to left by Max Gordon. Tyler Smith followed with a sac-bunt down the third base line fielded by James Roberts whose throw to first sailed wide allowing runners to advance to second and third. OSU got on the board with a groundout to second by Michael Conforto and plated another on a groundout to short by Ryan Gorton to snag what would prove to be two significant unearned runs.
Oregon State (28-12 overall, 8-8 Pac-12) added another run in the fourth on a sharp liner to right from Conforto to score Jake Rodriguez and take a 3-0 lead.
Starter Brandon Garcia departed after the fourth allowing just one earned run on seven hits but was saddled with the loss to drop to 3-4 on the season.
The Trojans fought back in the sixth as Matt Foat doubled down the left field line off Ben Wetzler to score Garret Houts from second. Jake Hernandez then ripped an RBI double of his own to left to plate Foat and cut the lead to 3-2.
Wetzler (5-2) went on to pick up the win allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven.
Dunn put a damper on the Trojans comeback as he homered to left off Nigel Nootbaar to lead off the eighth. Joey Matthews would then triple to the right field corner before Rodriguez knocked him in with a single to center to chase Nootbaar form the game with a 5-2 lead.
USC closed the gap to 5-3 in the ninth after Hernandez belted his second double of the night and scored on an infield single by Kevin Swick but the Trojans would get no closer. Matt Boyd picked up his second save of the season in the OSU victory.
Roberts led off the bottom of the fourth with a single through the right side to extend his hitting-streak to 15 games. Hernandez led the Trojans with three hits to raise his average to .328.
The Trojans return to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. in game two of their series with the Beavers at Dedeaux Field.