Errors Prove Costly In USC's 10-4 Loss At Oregon State
June 11, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The USC Trojans committed a season-high eight errors Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers won the first game of the NCAA Super Regional, 10-4, at Goss Stadium/Coleman Field. USC, who committed only 55 errors as a team through 60 games, allowed a total of nine unearned runs on the evening.
Oregon State (45-9), the reigning Pac-10 Conference champion, needs just one win to advance to the 2005 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Sophomore right-hander Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach/La Quinta HS) delivered a great performance despite the Trojans' fielding. Kennedy, who had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs (just one earned) on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Trojan third baseman Billy Hart went 4-for-4 with three singles and a triple. OSU first baseman Andy Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. His three-run homer capped a five-run eighth inning for the Beavers.
Kennedy overtook TCU's Lance Broadway as the national leader for most total strikeouts with 158. Broadway, whose team was eliminated in last week's regional at Baylor, had 151 strikeouts, one ahead of Kennedy before the start of tonight's game.
USC center fielder Zack Kalter led off the game with a full count walk against Buck. After first baseman Matt Cusick flied out to left, junior All-America catcher Jeff Clement blooped a single into center and third baseman Hart loaded the bases with a base hit to left. Designated hitter Baron Frost worked Buck to a full count and drew the walk for the Trojans' first run. Blake Sharpe popped up to short, but second baseman Hector Estrella was hit by a 1-0 pitch to force in another run. After a pitch got away from OSU catcher Mitch Canham, Hart tried to scored, but Canham fired a strike to Buck at the plate for the third out.
The Trojans committed their first two errors on OSU's first two batters. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground ball to first that Cusick could not handle. Left fielder Tyler Graham then hit a chopper down the third base line that handcuffed Hart, rolling into left for a two-base error. Kennedy then hit Darwin Barney with a pitch to load the bases. Jenkins lifted a fly ball to left, scoring Ellsbury for the sacrifice fly for a 2-1 USC lead. Kennedy then struck out Mitch Canham and Shea McFeely for the final two outs.
In the top of the third, the Trojans loaded the bases again on a single by Clement, a walk to Hart and a bloop single to right by Frost. Sharpe hit a 1-0 pitch up the middle for a two-run single, making it a 4-1 lead for the Trojans. USC's sloppy fielding aided Oregon State with two more runs in the fourth. Jenkins reached on a throwing error by Sharpe, but the Trojans turned a 4-6-3 double play. Wagner then walked to put runners at the corners. Cole Gillespie hit a grounder to second for the possible third out, but Estrella booted the ball as Jenkins scored. Sharpe bobbled a ground ball from Ryan Gipson to score the Beavers' third run before Kennedy got Ellsbury to ground into a fielder's choice.
McFeely doubled to lead off the OSU sixth. He moved to third when Gillespie reached on an infield single. On the play, Gillespie moved to second when Hart's throw sailed over Cusick for the Trojans' sixth error on the night. Kennedy threw a wild pitch that got away from Clement and McFeely scored on a very close play at the plate for the tying run. Gipson then singled to left for the go-ahead run as the Beavers took a 5-4 lead.
A lead off walk to pinch hitter Chris Campos started the five-run eighth for the Beavers as the Trojans made two more errors in the inning.
The series continues tomorrow with a 6 p.m. Pacific start with the series finale on Monday (June 13), if necessary, at 4 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with live stats on ncaasports.com.
USC 202-000-000---4-9-8OSU 100-202-05x---10-7-0
WP-Buck (12-1) LP-Kennedy (12-3) S-Gunderson (14)T: 3:44 ATT: 3,059Records: USC (40-21), OSU (45-9)
Kennedy, Friedman (6), Martlaro (6), Fogel (8) and Clement.Buck, Gunderson (8) and Canham.