After loss, OSU faces critical games vs. USC

IT'S BEEN A while. In fact, it's hard to remember the last time Oregon State got flat out whipped on the home baseball diamond. But that was the case Friday night in Corvallis as No. 7 USC rolled the Beavs 11-3. Now Oregon State has another chance to deliver on something they've shown repeatedly this season.

Resiliency.

Caleb Hamilton was among the few highlights on Friday with a third-inning home run in the series opener Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

USC scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings and then broke the game open with a six-run seventh. The Trojans improved to 30-10 overall and 11-5 in Pac-12 Conference play.

The Beavers, meanwhile, dropped to 25-13 overall and 8-8 in league play.

Hamilton hit the second pitch he saw in the third over the left field fence for his second home run of the season. The OSU lead was short-lived, however, as the Trojans went up 2-1 in the fourth.

Andrew Moore, the Beavers' ace, just wasn't his usual self.

He surrendered nine hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five but took the loss and dropped to 4-2 on the year.

Moore hasn't gotten the run support this year (no Beav pitcher has). Consider that Moore, even after the rare shellacking on Friday, still holds an ERA of 1.94, and yet still only has four wins in 11 starts.

On Friday, Oregon State manages only four hits in seven innings against the USC starter.

Billy King, entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth, accounted for the Beavers other two runs when he hit a ground rule double down the third-base line.

But tomorrow is a new day, and Oregon State has shown a knack for responding to adversity with a win this season.

The teams continue the series Saturday afternoon in a 1:35 p.m. PT start at Goss Stadium. A limited number of tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting beavertickets.com or at the Goss Stadium ticket office which opens at 11:30 a.m.


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