The Beavers offense finally got back into the swing of things, with a three homer game giving the team a 5-2 win over USC, evening up this weekend’s series one game a piece. The Beavers are now 36-17-1 overall, and 21-7 in Pac 12 play headed into their final game of the regular season.
Things didn’t start off great for the Beavers, with starter Dylan Pearce giving up a lead off single to Blake Sabol. A fielder’s choice, a single, and a walk loaded up the bases with one out, and the CJ Stubbs gave the Trojans their first earned run of the series with a fly out.
It didn’t take long for the Beavers to bounce back. Beau Philip got the bottom of the first started hot with a single, and then Adley Rutschman made the decision to absolutely destroy a baseball. Some say they saw the ball fly over the left field wall, but I’m pretty sure it instantly exploded into dust. Either way, it was a 2 run homer to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
If you have no joy in your heart and hate home runs, now would be a good time to stop reading. Beau Philip gave the Beavers one more run with a solo homer in the bottom of the third. In the fourth, Zack Zalesky followed that with a 2 run bomb to left field. The Trojans got in on the action as well, with Brandon Perez hitting a solo shot in the top of the fifth. After all that action, the Beavers held a 5-2 lead.
Things slowed down after that. Kyler McMahan continued to make absolutely ridiculous defensive plays, including an amazing double saving grab in the seventh. Dylan Pearce worked a pretty good game despite the two runs, with 6 hits, 3 strikeouts and 2 walks over 7.0 innings pitched. He got the win, while Jake Pfennigs got the save for pitching the final two innings. Pfennigs pitched 2.0 innings and allowed 2 hits and no runs, with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.
He got into a bit of trouble in the top of the ninth, with the Trojans getting 2 runners on with only one out, but a well timed double play ended the game, giving the Beavers a 5-2 win and evening the series.
Game 3 will be tomorrow at 12:00 PM PT. Check back with Building the Dam for full coverage.