No. 9 Oregon State Wins Series With Walkoff Homer In The 11th

April 7, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jordan Lennerton delivered a walk-off, one-out home run in the bottom of the 11th Saturday as the No. 9 Oregon State Beavers beat the No. 25 USC Trojans, 9-8, in a Pac-10 Conference game to win the series, two games to one. The Beavers rallied from a two-run deficit in the eighth with two outs when Mike Lissman tied the game with a two-run homer off the foul pole in left.

Oregon State is now 25-7 on the season while USC is 19-14 overall with both teams now 2-4 in the Pac-10 Conference.

Lennerton hit his second home run of the season off USC closer Paul Koss (2-2), hitting an opposite field shot to left. Eddie Kunz (2-0) had his longest stint in his career with 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing only one run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Freshman right-hander Hector Rabago had pitched well in 3 2/3 innings before giving up the two-run homer to Lissman. Freshman Kevin Couture threw 1 1/3 no-hit innings with three strikeouts.

Mitch Canham went 2-for-6 with three RBI for the Beavers while Hector Estrella went 2-for-3 with five RBI for the Trojans.

OSU held a 5-0 lead after the fourth inning before the Trojans scored a run in the fifth and took the lead with six runs in the sixth. Nick Buss and Roberto Lopez were hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Estrella hit a grand slam with his second homer of the year as USC led, 7-5.

Drew George doubled in the sixth and Estrella's throwing error on Canham's ground ball cut the lead to 7-6. The Trojans added a run in the eighth when Lucas Duda scored from third on a squeeze bunt from Lopez, but the Beavers came back with Lissman's homer in the bottom of the inning.

USC plays on Tuesday (April 10) at Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. game that will be broadcast on before hosting a Pac-10 Conference series (April 13-15) against UCLA at Dedeaux Field. The USC-UCLA series starts on Friday at 7 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. game time for Sunday. Saturday's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

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1 out when game ended

WP - Kunz (2-0) LP - Koss (2-2)T - 3:24 ATT - 1,547Records: USC (19-14, 2-4), Oregon State (25-7, 2-4)

Vasquez, Rabago (5), Couture (8), Koss (10) and Bowden.Turpen, Maxwell (6), Kunz (6) and Canham.

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