Beavers Pound Out 12-2 Win Over Sun Devils

March 26, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Bryan Ingram was 4-for-5 with a triple and drove in two runs as Oregon State beat third-ranked Arizona State 12-2 in Pacific-10 baseball Monday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers (18-10 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) also saw Craig Hays pitch five scoreless innings in relief for the win, OSU's 10th victory in its last 12 games.

Oregon State, which took two of three games from the Sun Devils in their weekend series, travels to Portland on Wednesday at 2 p.m. for a non-league game and then visits Arizona for a three-game Pac-10 series starting Friday.

'I'm excited that we won the series, but I'm not beside myself,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We're going to have a lot of series in the Pac-10 ... Arizona is very tough at home and they swept us their in the first year of the conference (being a unified Pac-10).

'What's really satisfying is that we won a series against the No. 3 team in the country, in conference play. That can be a big boost for our club.'

On Monday, the game against Arizona State (20-7-1, 3-3) was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to a 10-run rule in effect for the final game of a series. The Beavers had scored seven runs in the eighth, with back-to-back two-run doubles by Josh Carter and Curtis Davis closing out the game.

'It's just a credit to our players,' Casey said of the win, in which his team had 16 hits after being limited to 15 total in the first two games of the series. 'They wanted to win this series and they thought they could win this series. We just didn't swing the bats well the first two days, and sometimes that can get college guys down. But to their credit, our guys found a way not to let that happen.'

OSU gave up a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, but took the lead for good with a three-run fifth. The key hit was Eric Stark's two-run triple off starter Andy Torres that tied the game, Ingram then singled off reliever Bryce Kartler to score Stark with the go-ahead run.

Ingram batted .636 (7-for-11) for the series, drove in three runs and from his catcher's position he threw out five Sun Devils attempting to steal. Stark batted .357 (5-for-14) for the series and also drove in the game-tying run in OSU's 4-1 win on Sunday, one of his four RBIs on the weekend.

'It's a sign we're getting over the hump,' Stark said of the series win, OSU's first over Arizona State since taking two of three in Tempe in 1967. 'This is one step in what we've been trying to get to in my four years here. Winning two of three from Arizona State gets us to the next level - at least, it does for this weekend.

'We may not run the most-talented guys out there, and when we don't play to our level it's that much harder for us to compete against teams that are running first-round draft picks out there. But this shows that when we play our best - and we're not there yet - that we can compete with anybody.'

OSU added a pair of runs in the seventh inning to go up 5-2, getting a run-scoring single by Jason McBride and a sacrifice fly from Josh Carter. That was all the help Hays needed, as he improved his record to 4-2.

Hays replaced starter Mark McLemore in the fourth inning and hit Ryan McKenna with his first pitch to put runners at first and second with none out. He escaped that jam, though, and in his five innings gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out one.

'This year, our whole mentality has changed regarding the Pac-10,' Hays said. 'We think we can compete with anybody in the nation, and the difference on the field is noticeable ... our team chemistry is great this year, and that's a big part of our success so far. We've stayed positive through some tough times and worked things out, and now we could be back on track.'

OSU committed just one error in the final two games of the series after defensive lapses were a big part of the Beavers' undoing in a Saturday loss. Shortstop Will Hudson and third baseman Brian Barden pulled off a number of tough plays in the two wins, with Hudson batting .429 (3-for-7) for the series and Barden batting .364 (4-for-11).

Ingram extended his hitting streak to six games with Monday's performance and boosted his batting average to .344 for the season. Hudson was 2-for-2, Barden 2-for-4 and Stark 2-for-5 in the series finale.

ASU kept the Beavers from scoring two more runs in the bottom of the third on a bizarre play. With two out and OSU runners at second and third, Barden lofted a flyball to short rightfield, second baseman Brooks Conrad went back and fell as he twisted to make the catch. The ball caromed off the prone Conrad, though, and rightfielder Johah Martin caught it to end the inning.

OREGON STATE 12, NO. 3 ARIZONA STATE 2

Arizona State	002 000 00 -  2  7 2Oregon State	000 030 27 - 12 16 1

(Game called on account of 10-run rule)

Torres, Kartler (5), Pezely (8), Jackson (8), Schroyer (8) and Myers. McLemore, Hays (4) and Ingram. WP-Hays (4-2). LP-Torres (7-3). 2B-Barden (OSU), Carter (OSU), Stevens (OSU), Davis (OSU). 3B-Stark (OSU), Ingram (OSU).

HITS: Arizona State 7 (Duffy 1x3, Martin 1x3, West 2x4, Myers 1x4, Conrad 1x3, Wyrick 1x3), Oregon State 16 (Stark 2x5, Ingram 4x5, Jarvis 1x4, Barden 2x4, McBride 1x1, Carter 1x4, Stevens 1x2, Davis 1x3, Copeland 1x3, Hudson 2x2). RUNS BATTED IN: Arizona State 1 (West 1), Oregon State 12 (Stark 3, Ingram 2, McBride 1, Howard 1, Carter 3, Davis 2).

Arizona State 2 (20-7-1,3-3 Pac-10)  Oregon State 12 (18-10,2-1 Pac-10)                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBIDuffy cf           3  1  1  0        Stark cf           5  2  2  3Martin rf/lf       3  0  1  0        Ingram c           5  2  4  2West 1b            4  0  2  1        Jarvis 1b          4  1  1  0Myers c            4  0  1  0        Barden 3b          4  1  2  0Phelps dh          3  0  0  0        Biles lf           2  0  0  0Conrad 2b          3  0  1  0        Pietsch ph/lf      1  0  0  0Garrabrants lf     1  0  0  0        McBride ph         1  0  1  1Stocker ph/rf      0  0  0  0        Howard pr/lf       0  1  0  1McKenna rf         2  0  0  0        Carter rf          4  1  1  3Lopez 3b           3  0  0  0        Stevens dh         2  0  1  0Wyrick ss          3  1  1  0        Davis ph/dh        3  0  1  2Torres p           0  0  0  0        Copeland 2b        3  2  1  0Kartler p          0  0  0  0        Hudson ss          2  2  2  0Pezely p           0  0  0  0        McLemore p         0  0  0  0Jackson p          0  0  0  0        Hays p             0  0  0  0Schroyer p         0  0  0  0Totals......      29  2  7  1        Totals......      36 12 16 12

Score by innings: R H E--------------------------------------------Arizona State 002 000 00 - 2 7 2Oregon State 000 030 27 - 12 16 1--------------------------------------------

Note: 1 out, 1 runner(s) LOB when the game ended.

E - Conrad, Lopez, Hays. DP - Oregon St. 1. LOB - Arizona St. 8, Oregon St.9. 2B - Barden, Carter, Stevens, Davis. 3B - Stark, Ingram. SH - Martin,Hudson. SF - Carter. SB - Duffy, Ingram. CS - Conrad.

IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF Fly GndArizona StateTorres L 7-3 4.0 7 3 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 18 19 4 3Kartler 3.0 5 4 3 2 3 0 1 0 1 13 17 1 5Pezely 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0Jackson 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0Schroyer 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 0 0Oregon StateMcLemore 3.0 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 12 15 5 2Hays W 4-2 5.0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 17 19 6 7

WP - McLemore, Hays. HBP - by Hays (Stocker), by Schroyer (Howard). BK -Kartler.

Strikeouts - Phelps, Garrabrants, Stark, Ingram, Jarvis, Barden, Pietsch,Stevens, Copeland 2. Walks - Duffy, Phelps, Conrad, Jarvis, Barden,Copeland, Hudson.

Umpires - Home:Dwayne Finley 1st:Kevin Daugherty 3rd:Darrel MasonStart: 1:16 PM Time: 2:54 Attendance: 377

Game Notes:Game called due to 10-run rule on getaway day.Start of game delayed 16 minutes by rain.McLemore faced 1 batter in the 4th.Torres faced 3 batters in the 5th.Kartler faced 2 batters in the 8th.Pezely faced 2 batters in the 8th.Jackson faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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