With the series even at a game a piece coming into Sunday, Oregon State beat USC convincingly in game three to claim the series in Corvallis. This marked the ninth consecutive Pac-12 series win for OSU. The Beavs improve to 34-4 on the year and 18-3 in conference play.
Jake Thompson had yet another stellar day on the mound going eight full innings and garnering a career high 11 strikeouts. Thompson allowed just five hits and one walk with one earned run on 117 pitches. He improved to 9-0 on the year.
The first two runs of the game came from a monster of a homer from KJ Harrison.
The game was mostly a stalemate in the beginning with both clubs just mustering only two hits a piece through the first four and a half innings.
In the bottom the fifth, Nick Madrigal reached first on a walk then promptly scored second. The next batter was Steven Kwan, who hit one towards USC shortstop Frankie Rios. Rios made the diving stop, but overthrew the first basemen which allowed Madrigal enough time to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, Harrison almost had his second home run of the day with a double off the wall that scored Trevor Larnach. Harrison now leads the team in RBIs with 25.
The Trojans’ first run of the day came in the next frame with an RBI single from Dillon Paulson that scored Adalberto Carillo.
OSU added some insurance runs (six to be exact) in the eighth when Adley Rutschman drove a single to left field that brought in two. Cadyn Grenier followed it up with a single and the next batter, Nick Madrigal, did the same, which brought Rutschman home. Kwan the walked to load the bases and Larnach took a pitch to the body, which scored Grenier for another run.
The hits (by pitches) kept coming as George Mendazona got his first career RBI when he took one to the knee to score Kwan. Jack Anderson then got walked to score the Beavs final run of the day. Pitchers Mitchell Verburg and Max Engelbrekt combined for the Beavers’ final three outs in the ninth.
The Beavers are back at it on Tuesday, May 2nd, when the Ducks are back in town for a 5:30 game.