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Knights pitchers shut down visiting Portland in West Coast League series opener

Three pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as the Corvallis Knights beat the Portland Pickles 3-0 on Tuesday at Goss Stadium on the Oregon State campus.

Corvallis won its 10th game in a row to improve to 16-6.

Portland lost its third consecutive game and is 9-15, eight games behind the Knights and Walla Walla, who lead the South Division of the West Coast League.

Knights starter Chase Watkins (Cal Poly) improved to 2-0 with seven strong innings. He struck out nine and allowed two hits without a walk.

Catcher Darius Perry (UCLA) and third baseman Austin Lively (Seattle University) hit doubles for Portland, and first baseman Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) had a single.

Six Pickles pitchers scattered six hits and struck out eight, but Portland was hurt by two errors as only one Corvallis run was earned.

In the third inning for Corvallis, Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) hit a two-out RBI double and scored on a Zach Moeller (Utah) single.

In the fifth for the Knights, Andy Atwood (Texas-Rio Grande Valley) singled and scored his second run of the game on a Moeller groundout.

The teams play again at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Corvallis, then play a doubleheader on Thursday at Walker Stadium. The first game, at 1 p.m., will count in the league standings. The nightcap, at 7 p.m., is a special Future Night exhibition with quirky rules intended to simulate a possible baseball game in the year 2050. Fireworks will follow the game.

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