In front of a sold out Story Field crowd on Wednesday night, the Black Bears' four game win streak was snapped with a 10-3 loss to the Corvallis Knights in the second game of the teams' one and only regular season series.
After the Black Bears took a tense pitchers' duel in game one of the series, the Knights got on the board early on Wednesday, and never looked back. The visitors scored in four of the first five innings, taking a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Black Bears put themselves on the board in the bottom of the fifth, with a fielder’s choice by Kyle Hunt (Nevada) driving in Caleb Hamilton (Oregon State), who had led off the inning with a triple.
Three more runs in the top of the sixth extended the Knights' lead to 10-1.
The Black Bears added solo runs in the sixth and eighth innings, but were unable to overcome the deficit. In the sixth, Austin Baker (Arkansas St) scored on a two-out double by Joey Greco (Missouri Baptist), and in the eighth, a Greco sacrifice fly to deep center scored Taylor Bryant (CS Fullerton).
Knights pitchers limited the Black Bears to five hits on the evening. Two hits by Hamilton, the Greco double, and singles by Hunt and Derek Rustich (UC Santa Barbara) rounded out the Cowlitz offense.
Black Bears starting pitcher Jake Dahlberg (Illinois-Chicago) took the loss in his fourth appearance for Cowlitz. Henry Omana (CS Fullerton) was effective in late inning relief, surrendering only one hit and no runs in three innings of work.
The Black Bears take on the Knights Thursday night, in the final game of the home series, on “Thirsty Thursday” and Widmer Beer Stein Night. Fans 21 and older can enjoy $2 beer specials, and the first 100 fans will receive a Widmer Beer pint glass. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35. Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara) is scheduled to make his first start as a Black Bear, opposite Justin Calomeni (Cal Poly) for Corvallis.