In front of the largest regular season crowd in Goss Stadium history (3,420), Oregon State lost to the Trojans by a score of 7-5 to even the series at a game a piece. The loss was OSU’s first at home in 2017. They drop to 33-4 on the year.
USC got on the board first in the top of the third with an RBI single. Trevor Larnach promptly answered in the next frame with a RBI sac fly. In the top of the fourth, USC took a 3-1 lead with a two RBI single when the bases were loaded. The Beavs took one back that same inning wihpth Michael Gretler’s first home run of the year.
USC added a run in the fifth, but OSU tied it up again with RBIs from KJ Harrison and Jack Anderson. Grant Donahue got the Beavers their first lead of the day when he drove in Elliott Cary the next inning. The tying run came in the eighth for USC from Brandon Perez.
USC got two more in the top of the tenth. OSU was unable to answer and the game ended in a 4-6-3 double play. Jake Mulholland was the losing pitcher.
All credit to USC, their pitching staff got out of a few really tough spots and the defense made some clutch grabs against a Beaver offense that looked as solid as they have all year. Bryce Fehmel’s bad luck continues as he’s been the starting pitcher in three of the Beavers’ four losses this year.
The series continues tomorrow at 1:05 PM PT as the Beavers look to avoid their first series loss of the year and their first Pac-12 series loss since May of 2016.