No. 2 Beavers Drop Series Finale To USC
May 22, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ryan Dunn went 2-for-4 and the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team rallied but couldn't overcome USC in a 4-3 loss in the series finale Sunday at Goss Stadium.
Michael Miller and Brian Stamps both walked to start the bottom of the ninth, then moved to second and third, respectively, when Ryan Barnes posted a sacrifice bunt. Miler scored when Kavin Keyes flew out to center on a sacrifice fly, pulling the Beavers to within one, 4-3.
Ben Mount, the USC closer, however, forced Andrew Susac to ground out to short, ending the Beavers' rally and the game. The series loss was the first of the Pacific-10 Conference season for the Beavers.
OSU (38-14 overall, 17-7 Pac-10), however, remains in first place after Arizona State lost to Washington, 3-0. The Sun Devils and UCLA are both one game back of the Beavers for the race for first place in the Pac-10. All three clubs have three remaining Pac-10 games. Oregon State visits Oregon next weekend while Arizona State and UCLA play in Tempe.
On Sunday, Logan Odom held the Beavers to five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 5-5 this season. His counterpart, Josh Osich, went 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs - two earned. He dropped to 6-3 in 2011.
USC (22-29, 12-12) scored first when Matt Foat hit his first home run of the season on a solo shot to right in the second. Two innings later, the Beavers tied the game when Ryan Dunn lined a 2-2 pitch to the right-center gap.
USC scored the game's next two runs, in the fifth and sixth innings, to post a 3-1 lead before the Beavers scored another solo run in the seventh when Barnes doubled down the left-field line.
The Trojans scored what amounted to the game-winning run in the top half of the ninth when Ricky Oropesa drove a sac fly to center with the bases loaded.
Dunn led the Beavers with two hits as the club tallied six on the day. Kevin Roundtree and Adam Landecker each had two for the Trojans.
Oregon State and Oregon square off Friday night at PK Park in Eugene. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. PT.
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