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LONGVIEW, Wash.- The Corvallis pitching staff only allowed six base runners in the rubber match Sunday and beat Cowlitz 4-1.

     The Black Bears only managed four hits while one batter reached base on a throwing error by the short stop and another grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice.

     The lone extra base hit of the day though did give Cowlitz the initial lead. Dutton Elske (JR University of Portland) hit a two out home run opposite field to right in the second inning. Elske tied Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) and Blake Burton (JR Washington) for the team lead in homers with five.

     But the Knights answered in the fourth. A two run single to center field gave Corvallis the lead for good.

     The Knights (18-6, 34-17) put the game out of reach in the ninth. An RBI single to center field and an RBI walk made it 4-1.

     Starter Jordan Martinson (SR Dallas Baptist) made arguably his best start of the season but still lost dropping his record to 0-4. Martinson pitched his longest outing getting through the sixth inning and gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one hit batter. JT Penick (SO Dallas Baptist) saw seven batters in the ninth and gave up the final two runs on two hits with one walk and two hit batters.

     Cowlitz (8-16, 18-33) has established a new franchise high in losses this season and has lost seven series in a row as well as their last six rubber matches.

     The Black Bears finish the season at home against the Walla Walla Sweets Monday-Wednesday. First pitch for game one is at 6:35 PM.