The sweets were swept in Corvallis, losing Sunday’s series finale 11-8 to the Knights at Goss Stadium.
Despite the loss, the Sweets out-hit the Knights. But for the second time this season, the Sweets went on the road and dropped all three games.
They were also swept in Port Angeles June 8 – 10.
Corvallis tagged a first-inning run off Sweets starter LHP Dylan Riddle (UC-Irvine) without recording a hit.
But LF J.J. Hancock’s (Washington State) RBI single plated SS Kevin Jordan (Loyola Marymount) and tied the game at 1.
Immediately, though, Corvallis wrested the lead back. An RBI double from CF Elliot Willy (Oregon State) plated SS Matt Kelly (Portland).
The Sweets tied the game again in the fourth when DH Jake Suddleson (Harvard), who had doubled to lead off against Knights starter LHP Hazahel Quijada (UC-Riverside), scored on two wild pitches.
Yet once again, Corvallis roared back after the Sweets had tied the game. They scored three runs to go ahead 5-2. The big blow was a home run from 1B Cole Johnson (Pacific Lutheran).
Incredibly, the Sweets rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth, tying the game for the third straight inning. Back-to-back doubles from Hancock and 3B Nick Nyquist (Gonzaga) preceded a two-run home run to left field from Suddleson, his team-leading fifth of the year.
But the game slipped out of reach when Corvallis responded with six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Knights sent 11 batters to the plate to face three different Sweets pitchers. At one point, six straight Corvallis batters crossed the plate.
But even though the lead was ultimately insurmountable, the Sweets showed their fighting spirit. They got 3.1 hitless innings of relief from LHP Scott Parker (San Francisco), who retired all 10 batters he faced, striking out four.
Meanwhile, the offense scored two in the seventh on an RBI triple from Nyquist and a sacrifice fly from 1B John Glenn (Cal Baptist). They also plated one in the ninth when Hancock tripled to left and scored on a wild pitch.
Still, the Sweets fell to 1-3 in the second half (16-15 overall).
Corvallis has not lost in the second half. The Knights’ record is a WCL-best 6-0 (23-10 overall).
Corvallis reliever RHP Trevor Wells (Linn-Benton CC) took the win (1-1). RHP Conner Roberts (UC Santa Barbara) was hit with the loss (1-1). Suddleson’s home run was his fifth. Johnson’s was his first.
The Sweets will play two games in Gresham against the GreyWolves on Monday and Tuesday nights before returning to Borleske for a five-game homestand.
LHP Haydn King (San Francisco) will oppose RHP Robert Reaser (Lewis & Clark) in game one. First pitch will be 6:35 p.m. from Oslund Field.
by Ben Farber
Audio Highlights -- Suddleson's home run