Trojans Drop Game Three at No. 7 Oregon State, 6-1|
April 28, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Despite a solo home run from James Roberts, the Trojans were unable to get the offense rolling, falling 6-1 in the final game of the Pac-12 series at No. 7 Oregon State.
Starter Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS)and the Trojans had a rocky start as the Beavers plated two runs in the bottom of the first. Then in the second inning, despite having the bases loaded and no outs, Twomey held the Beavers to just one run on a sacrifice fly, to keep the score close at 3-0. The freshman then settled in, throwing putting up zeros in the third and fourth innings, as he went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out three before giving way to reliever Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) in the fifth inning.
The Trojans got on the board in the top of the fourth inning, as Roberts blasted his team-leading fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left field with two outs.
With the score 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, a leadoff walk and a hit by pitch came back to bite the Trojans, as a double knocked in the fourth run of the day for the Beavers. That marked the end of the day for starter Twomey. Davis entered and exchanged a run for an out with a sac fly. He then got the next hitter to ground back to the mound, where he threw out the runner at home for the second out of the inning. A final ground out got the Trojans out of the game without further damage, but the score was now, 5-1.
The Trojans had their chances, including having a runner at second with two outs in the fifth. Then the Trojans had back-to-back singles with two outs from Adam Landecker (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) and Roberts in the sixth, but they were unable to plate a run. Another opportunity came in the eighth inning, as AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) came up with a one-out single, but a double play erased any opportunity and ended the inning.
Overall, Roberts and Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn) led the Trojans at the plate with 2-for-4 days.
The Beavers added a final sixth run in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 6-1 lead that would last through the final two frames, as their closer Scott Schultz retired the side in order in the top of the fifth.
The Trojans will finish an eight-game home stretch on Tuesday, when the head to Malibu to play Pepperdine in a 3 p.m. start at Eddy D. Field Stadium.