Top-ranked Beavers come up short against Trojans
LOS ANGELES — Trever Morrison led top-ranked Oregon State with a two-hit effort but the Beavers dropped a 4-2 decision to USC Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Morrison tripled in the third and singled in the fifth to lead the Oregon State (41-11 overall, 22-6 Pac-12 Conference) offense, which tallied eight hits on the day. USC (28-23, 15-13), however, managed to score four runs off eight hits for the come-from-behind victory.
The Beavers jumped on the board first, scoring a run on a wild pitch in the first inning. Oregon State added to the lead with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jeff Hendrix in the third. USC, however, tied the score on a two-out triple by Frankie Rios in the fourth.
USC took the lead in the seventh when Timmy Robinson hit a sac fly to right. Jeremy Martinez made it 4-2 in favor the Trojans with a single to right.
Neither starting pitcher picked up a decision. Jace Fry started for the Beavers and tossed 106 pitches in six innings of work. He allowed four hits and two unearned runs while walking three and striking out seven.
Fry's counterpart, Brent Wheatley, scattered five hits and two runs over six innings.
The loss went to Oregon State reliever Brandon Jackson (0-1), who allowed two hits and two runs — his first earned runs of the season — in 1/3 of an inning. The win, meanwhile, went to USC;s Marc Huberman, who improved to 1-1. He allowed one hit in 11/3 innings.
CALIFORNIA 6, OREGON 0 — At Eugene, California senior lefty Kyle Porter kept Oregon off-balance through eight innings, pitching the Bears to a victory at PK Park. Porter allowed two hits and walked two while striking out eight.
Porter's gem came on a night UO senior right-hander Jeff Gold was trying for his 24th career victory, which would have broken the record he currently shares with Alex Keudell. Gold allowed five runs (four earned) through 61/3 innings, in what likely was his final appearance at PK Park, given Oregon's slim odds of hosting NCAA Regionals next week.
The Ducks (42-17, 18-11 Pac-12) and Cal will play their regular-season finale today at 7 p.m. Regional host sites will be announced Sunday evening, and the full NCAA field will be unveiled Monday.
Oregon didn't manage a hit Friday until the sixth inning, when a Mark Karaviotis single ended a run of 16 straight batters retired by Porter.