Reliever Hazahel Quijada fanned seven of the first eight batters he faced and the Corvallis Knights defeated Gresham 7-2 on Friday in the rubber game of their South Division West Coast League series.
A rising junior at UC Riverside, Quijada entered the game in the top of the sixth with two on and one out and the Knights clinging to a 4-2 lead. He got two outs to end that inning, struck out the next six GreyWolves in order, and completed the 3⅔-inning save with a scoreless ninth.
Corvallis (35-18, 30-18 WCL, 13-8 second half) won its second game in a row after dropping the series opener on Thursday night. Corvallis also won the season series 5-1.
Elliot Willy, Jordan Qsar and Zak Taylor all homered for the Knights, who added four doubles to finish with seven extra-base hits. Qsar and Taylor also doubled; Qsar finished the series with three doubles, two homers and three RBIs.
Qsar leads the WCL in doubles (20) and homers (13); 33 of his 50 base hits have been for extra bases. The Knights lead the league with 42 homers.
Corvallis took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Doubles by Taylor, Gabe Matthews and Darren Nelson made it 2-0 and Willy capped the rally with a two-run homer, his second in WCL play and third overall.
Qsar doubled and scored on Taylor's RBI single in the sixth for a 5-2 lead. He and Taylor homered in the seventh to complete the scoring. Taylor, who had three hits and two RBIs, has four homers in WCL play and five overall.
Starter Cole Spear allowed two runs and five hits in a season-long 5⅓ innings. He struck out six and improved to 3-1.
The five-game homestand ends at 6:40 p.m. Saturday with a nonleague game against the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League all-stars. Cal Poly incoming freshman Darren Nelson (2-1, 1.62) is the projected starter for the Knights.