Bazzana Homers Again, Oregon State Downed In Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. – Travis Bazzana hit his 15th home run of the season but Oregon State fell in game two at USC, 17-4, Friday night at Cicerone Field.

Bazzana opened the game with his fifth leadoff home run over the last six games. That gave OSU (21-4 overall, 5-3 Pac-12 Conference) a 1-0 lead, one that was short-lived after USC (11-15, 6-5) tied the game in the fourth and then took the lead for good with four runs in the frame.

Mason Guerra drove home two on a single in the fifth to pull the Beavers to within one. USC, however, plated 10 runs in the bottom half of the inning to reach double digits. Oregon State scored one on a wild pitch in the sixth but the Trojans pushed two more across the plate in the sixth, and one more in the seventh.

Jacob Kmatz started for the Beavers and dropped to 3-1 after going 4 1/3 innings on Friday. He allowed six hits and seven runs – six earned – in his seventh start of the year.

Next Up

Oregon State and USC conclude the series with a 1 p.m. PT first pitch Saturday at Cicerone Field. USC will provide a live stream with the link available on and the Pac-12 Now app.

Oregon State Notes

– Travis Bazzana became the third Beaver this century to hit 15 or more home runs in a single season. He joined Trevor Larnach, who hit 15 in 2018, and Jacob Melton, who went deep 17 times in 2022.

– Bazzana now has 367 career total bases, 16 shy of breaking the OSU record.

– Bazzana walked three times to give him 132 for his career.

– Mason Guerra’s two runs batted in marked his ninth multiple-RBI game of the season.

– USC won its first series against the Beavers since 2019. It marked OSU’s first series loss at USC since 2014.

– Oregon State’s six errors marked a season high.

– The Trojans’ 17 runs are a single-game record for USC in the all-time series. It surpassed USC’s 16 twice, most recently in 2000.

– Bazzana’s home run gave him 32 for his career.

– Easton Talt made his first start since March 9 against CSUN. Talt started in right field.

– Tyce Peterson started at the designated hitter spot. That was his first start since Feb. 25 against Oklahoma State.

– Bazzana scored twice, giving him 177 for his career and 41 in 2024.

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