Seven Proves Lucky For Oregon State In 10-7 Win Over USC
May 21, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cole Gillespie hit a go-ahead two-run double as part of a seven-run inning as the No. 3/5 Oregon State Beavers rallied for a 10-7 win over the No. 21/20 USC Trojans in Pac-10 action. With the win, combined with Arizona's 5-4 loss at Stanford, the Beavers win a share of the Pac-10 Conference title for the first time since 1952 and can win it outright with a victory tomorrow.
Oregon State (41-8, 19-4) rallied from a four-run deficit and started its rally with one out in the fifth. Designated hitter Mike Lissman singled to left, followed by back-to-back doubles from Casey Priseman and second baseman Ryan Gipson. Gipson went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Beavers. After a sacrifice fly from Jacoby Ellsbury made it a 4-3 lead, OSU loaded the bases against starter Jack Spradlin (5-2). Reliever Josh Fogel then allowed the double to Gillespie as Spradlin was charged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings after throwing four scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
Lissman hit a two-run single to complete the offensive outburst for the Beavers in front of a record crowd of 2,322, the most since the stadium's renovation in 1999.
USC (33-18, 12-8) stranded 12 runners on the afternoon. Down 8-4 in the seventh, the Trojans scored twice in the seventh and had runners at the corners before Blake Sharpe struck out to end the threat. Both teams traded a run in the eighth as Kevin Gunderson secured his 13th save of the season with 1 1/3 no-hit innings. Anton Maxwell improved to 10-1 on the season despite allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings for the Beavers.
Jeff Clement hit his 11th home run of the season with a solo shot to right in the eighth off Nate Fogle. With 42 career home runs, Clement is just one behind Eric Munson for third place on USC's all-time list.
The series wraps up tomorrow with a noon start. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
USC 001-210-210---7-11-0OSU 000-071-11x---10-13-1
WP-Maxwell (10-1) LP-Spradlin (5-3) S-Gunderson (13)T: 3:43 ATT: 2,322Records: USC (33-18, 12-8), OSU (41-8, 19-4)
Spradlin, Fogel (5), Aguilar (6), Friedman (7), Smith (8) and Clement.Maxwell, Fogle (6), Gunderson (8) and Priseman, Jenkins (8).