A big offensive night, which included a six-run sixth inning, gave the Corvallis Knights their 11th win in a row, this one 10-2 over the Portland Pickles on Wednesday at Goss Stadium.
Corvallis improved to 17-6 and moved into sole possession of first place in the West Coast League South Division. The Pickles fell to 9-16 and remained in fifth place.
Knights starting pitcher Timothy Josten (Cal State Fullerton) improved to 3-1. Over six innings, Josten surrendered two runs, two hits and three walks while striking out five.
Corvallis left fielder Jake Holcroft (University of Portland) and right fielder Andy Atwood (Texas Rio Grande Valley) set the table at the top of the lineup. The one and two hitters combined to go 6 for 9 with five runs, an RBI and a walk.
Clean-up hitter and shortstop Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) had three RBIs and a run scored as well.
Portland starting pitcher Joel Casillas (Santa Ana College) was handed his second loss of the season. The right-handed pitcher surrendered three runs and seven hits over four innings. One bright spot, however, was that he did not walk anyone after walking at least two batters in his previous three games.
Despite trailing the entire game, the Pickles were down just one run going into the bottom of the sixth. Reliever Patrick Hubbs (USC), however, allowed six runs in 0.2 innings to put the game out of reach.
Portland's offense struggled in eight of the nine innings, managing just two hits.
KC Hunt (Mississippi State) and Colton Cassinelli (University of Washington) scored the Pickles' runs.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday at Walker Stadium, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.
Only the first game will count in the standings.
The second game, scheduled for 7 p.m., is a "Future Baseball Night" exhibition, where the rules will be played according to "rules of 2050."
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