March 17, 2007
(Corvallis, OR) - USF took its first lead of the series with a first inning home run from senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble, but Oregon State countered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame and seized a 9-2 non-conference baseball win Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Dons (9-11) found their stroke at the plate, connecting on nine hits, but the fifth-ranked Beavers (19-3) clubbed a pair of home runs in winning their eighth straight.
Knoble lofted the 0-1 pitch from OSU starter Joe Paterson (4-1) over the wall in left for his fourth career homer and added an RBI on a groundout in the fifth. Freshman infielder Derrick Poppert finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles while junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky added a 2-for-4 day.
Oregon State bounced back from its first deficit of the series, plating seven runs with two outs in the first. The Beavers sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame and collected six hits - including a three-run home run from outfielder John Wallace - and capitalized on a pair of walks.
Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (3-3) suffered the loss for the Dons, allowing seven runs off seven hits in 2.1 innings. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich was strong in 5.2 innings relief, allowing two runs off three hits and struck out three in his longest outing in the Green and Gold. Stipovich retired the first 12 consecutive batters he faced.
USF looks to bounce back in the series finale Sunday. First pitch against the defending national champions is set for noon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.