Trojans Unable to Get Bats Going, Fall 10-1 to No. 1 Oregon State in Rubber Match|
April 30, 2017
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Trojans were unable to get anything going offensively against the No. 1-ranked Beavers in the rubber match, and a six-run eighth inning for the Beavers put the game out of hand on Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Right off the bat the Beavers (34-4, 18-3 Pac-12) got on the board against Trojan (19-22, 6-12 Pac-12) starter Marrick Crouse. A two-run home run by KJ Harrison with two outs gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead.
The Beavers then added one run in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth reliever Brad Wegman came on and was able to minimize the damage, holding the Beavers to just that one run, keeping the Trojans within striking distance, 4-0 Beavers.
The Trojan offense was kept off balance by Oregon State starter Jake Thompson, who struck out a career-high 11 batters in eight innings of work. He held the Trojans to just one run on five hits with one walk. The one run came in the seventh inning, as Dillon Paulson (Encinitas, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) drove in Adalberto Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS), who doubled. Carrillo led the Trojans at the plate, tallying two doubles on the day.
Trailing just 4-1, the Trojans were looking to add on in the eighth, but Thompson set down the Trojans in order.
Then the wheels came off for the Trojans in the bottom of the eighth inning, as six runs came in on four hits, three walks and two-hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded. Reliever Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS), who put up a zero in the seventh, struggled in the eighth. He had two outs with two on and looked to get out of the inning as he had Jack Anderson down 0-2, but could not put him away, and issued a walk. That started the Beavers rally. Two runs came in on an Adley Rutschman single, another came in on a Nick Madrigal single. However, with the bases loaded, Trevor Larnach was hit-by-the-pitch to bring home a third run. Dyrda was lifted for Brock Larson (Del Mar, Calif./USF). Larson hit another Beaver and walked one more to bring home two more runs before getting an inning-ending groundout.
The Trojans tried a rally of their own in the ninth, as Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) singled and pinch hitter Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) drew a walk to put two on. A wild pitch advanced both 90 feet, giving the Trojans two in scoring position. However, Carrillo popped up and then the Beavers wen to the pen to reliever Mitchell Verburg, who got one out in the inning, bringing in closer Max Engelbrekt, who got two strikeouts to end the game.
Along with Carrillo, freshman outfielder Matthew Acosta (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) had two hits on the day.
Crouse took the loss for the Trojans, falling to 2-6 on the year, while Thompson got the win for the Beavers, improving to 9-0.
The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday, May 4 at Dedeaux Field, as they host crosstown rival UCLA at 7 p.m. PT.