After the Beavers and Trojans battled for seven innings in a low scoring game, the USC offense exploded in the eighth to take game 3 of the series 5-3 over Oregon State. The loss drops the Beavers to 31-15, and 13-8 in Pac-12 play.
Once again the Trojans put the first run on the board, this time in the top of the third. For the first five innings of the game, USC starter Alex Cornwell worked a perfect game, and it took all the Beavers had to keep the game 1-0. That included some great field work in the top of the fifth, when Troy Claunch caught a runner attempting to steal second.
Claunch was also the man who finally got the Beavers on the scoreboard, opening the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run. That tied the game up 1-1, and it would remain tied until the eighth inning.
In the eighth inning USC took control. A single and a pair of walks loaded the bases before the Beavers managed the first out, and then a single from Garret Guillemette scored two runs for the Trojans. After a pair of wild pitches and a fielder’s choice, the Trojans had another two runners in scoring position, and a double from Carson Wells scored both of them, putting USC up 5-1, with six outs left for the Beavers to tie things up.
The Beavers managed to get a couple men on the bases in the eighth, but couldn’t get anyone home. The bottom of the ninth started with two quick outs, but a Greg Fuchs walk got the Beavers a runner. That was followed by a Troy Claunch double, getting the Beavers a run, and then another double, from Jake Dukart, scored Claunch. That would be all the Beavs would manage unfortunately, as pinch hitter Gavin Logan hit a fly ball to end the game in a 5-3 Trojans win.
Reliever Chase Watkins was credited the loss, dropping him to 2-3 for the season. He pitched for 0.2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 2 walks against 1 strikeout, and giving up 3 earned runs. Starter Jake Pfennigs put in an ok effort, over 5.0 innings he allowed 5 hits and 1 walk, with one strikeout and one earned run allowed.
Next week, the Beavers will be back on the road. They’ll head down to Phoenix for a weekend series against Arizona State with games set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first game is scheduled for Friday, May 14th, with first pitch set for 6:30 PM PT. An Arizona State Live Stream will be available.