Dunn, Conforto Lead Baseball To Series Opening Win At USC
April 27, 2012
Dunn hit the first pitch in the eighth inning over the left field fence to give the Beavers a two-run, 4-2 lead, cushion. The shot came off reliever Nigel Nootbaar and marked OSU's first hit off the right-hander since he had entered in the fifth inning.
The home run was Dunn's sixth of the season; all have been solo shots.
Conforto drove in runs in both the first and fourth innings for his team-leading 16th multiple-RBI game of the season. He tallied two hits to extend his hit streak to a season-long 11 games.
Dunn singled in the first and doubled in the ninth to finish the game 3-for-5 and lead the club offensively. Rodriguez, Max Gordon and Ryan Barnes all had two hits for the Beavers, who finished with 12 overall.
The offense came in support of Oregon State (28-12 overall, 9-7 Pac-12 Conference) starter Ben Wetzler, who worked 6 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out seven. He improved to 5-2 this season, picking up his first win since March 17 at California.
Oregon State opened the game's scoring for the 24th time this season. Conforto drove in Gordon on a ground out to second, and Ryan Gorton grounded out to short, scoring Tyler Smith, and giving the Beavers a two-run advantage.
Conforto added to the Beavers' lead with a run-scoring single to right in the fourth. The RBI was Conforto's Pac-12 leading 54th of the season.
USC (20-17, 5-10) got on the board and pulled to within one in the sixth. Matt Foat and Jake Hernandez each drove in runs on doubles during the two-run inning.
Brandon Garcia started for the Trojans and threw 79 pitches before being pulled in favor of Nootbaar to start the fifth. Garcia took the loss to drop to 3-4. He allowed seven hits and three runs - just one earned - while issued one walk with no strikeouts.
Scott Schultz worked 1 1/3 innings of relief, striking out one, before giving way to Matt Boyd in the ninth, who record his second save of the season. The Trojans managed a two-out run off Boyd before he was able to shut the door.
Hernandez had three hits - including two doubles - to pace the Trojans.
Oregon State continues its series with USC Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. Follow the game on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action. USC will also offer a live video webcast for a fee. Visit osubeavers.com for the link.
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OREGON STATE NOTES: The Beavers forced USC starter Brandon Garcia to throw 31 pitches in the first ... Michael Conforto's hit streak is the second-longest by a Beaver this season ... Tyler Smith has the longest at 14 games ... Oregon State sent eight to the plate in the eighth ... Joey Matthews' triple was the team's first since April 15 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... The Beavers have gone errorless in four of their last seven games ... The win marked Oregon State's 1,000th all-time away from Corvallis ... That includes both road and neutral-site contests.
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