Beavs bounce back with win over No. 7 USC

THESE BEAVS, THEY are resilient. Billy King’s 3-2 single with one down in the ninth inning drove in Dane Lund to send the Oregon State baseball team to a 3-2 win over No. 7 USC Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The dramatic win sets up the deciding game in the series on Sunday.

In the ninth, Lund walked to open the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Hendrix. K.J. Harrison, tied for the lead in the Pac-12 in RBIs, was walked intentionally. That set the stage for King, called upon to pinch hit for Joe Gillette. On his seventh pitch against reliever Kyle Davis, King laced a grounder through the right side of the infield and Lund beat the throw from the right fielder.

King has but two at bats in this series against the Trojans -- and three RBI. He drove in two on a ground-rule double in the eighth on Friday in the Beavs' 11-3 loss.

On Saturday, the Beavers managed just five hits against three USC pitchers but made them count. Lund, who went 3-for-3 to tie his season-best, tripled in the first and scored on a safety squeeze from Hendrix.

Hendrix drove in his second run of the game in the third when he hit a sharp single to left, enabling Caleb Hamilton to score.

Both starting pitchers finished with quality starts but neither came away with a win to show for their efforts. Drew Rasmussen struck out seven, walked three and allowed seven hits and two runs in eight innings. USC’s two-run sixth inning was his lone blemish on the day.

USC's Kyle Twomey also allowed just two runs. He scattered four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings.

USC’s Marc Huberman, who came on in relief in the eighth, was tagged with the loss to drop to 6-2 on the year. The lefty did not allow a hit but was touched for a run and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.

The win went to OSU freshman Sam Tweedt, who picked up his team-leading fifth victory of the season. He worked a scoreless ninth.

Oregon State and USC complete the three-game series Sunday in a 1:05 p.m. PT start at Goss Stadium. Limited seats remain for the finale – fans are encouraged to visit beavertickets.com. The ticket office at Goss Stadium, meanwhile, will open at 11 a.m.

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