CORVALLIS — Andrew Susac went 3-for-4 and James Nygren allowed one run over 72/3 innings but an eight-run first inning by USC doomed the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team in a 8-3 loss to the Trojans Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Susac singled three times to pace the Beavers offensively, who tallied 11 hits off two USC pitchers but left nine on base in falling to 38-13 overall and 17-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference this season. USC, meanwhile, improved to 21-29 overall and 11-12 in league play.
The Trojans posted an eight-run first for all the runs they'd need in the win. USC sent 11 men to the plate in the inning and got out to a 5-0 lead before the Beavers managed to record an out.
Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and was touched for six hits and seven runs in 1/3 of an inning. He took the loss to drop to 6-3 this season.
Nygren came on in relief of Wetzler and held the Trojans to just a run. He struck out two while throwing 83 pitches.
Austin Wood started for USC and went eight full innings to improve to 5-6 this season. He allowed 10 hits and two runs with five strikeouts.
Oregon State and USC conclude their three-game series today at Goss Stadium.
OREGON 6, WASHINGTON STATE 3 — At Pullman, Wash., Oregon fought back from deficits on two occasions to even a three-game series with Washington State.
Christian Jones (6-2) matched a career high, tossing eight innings and surrendering just three runs while scattering seven hits, issuing two walks and plunking three batters.
Madison Boer mowed down the Cougars in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the side in order to pick up his second save of the season and the seventh of his career.
Oregon totaled 13 hits as the Ducks have now recorded double-digit hits 20 times this season, including in seven of their last nine games. Oregon's 13 hits were also its most against a Pac-10 opponent this season
J.J. Altobelli led Oregon with three hits — a season high for the third baseman. The sophomore also drove in two runs, scored two runs, doubled and added a stolen base.
OREGON TECH 8, TREVECCA NAZARENE 0, 5 inn. — At Gulf Shores, Ala., Jackie Imhoff pitched five shutout innings and Jess Plummer belted a two-run homer as 18th-ranked Oregon Tech (38-12) stunned second-ranked Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) in pool play to advance to NAIA national championship quarterfinals.
Imhoff, who pitched the tournament's first perfect game on Friday, struck out six and walked one in the mercy-rule shortened game. She received plenty of run support, too. Plummer was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Bree Larson was 3-for-3 and scored twice and Sara Coates hit a two-run homer to give the Owls a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Oregon Tech, which won Pool B with a 3-0 record, will face seventh-ranked Lubbock Christian of Texas on Monday in the first round of the eight-team, double-elimination championship bracket.