Baseball Downed By No. 3 Arizona State To Start Series
May 21, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Oregon State baseball team dropped a 10-4 decision to third-ranked Arizona State Friday night to start its three-game series at Packard Stadium.
Matt Boyd hit Oregon State's first pinch hit home run since Chris Hopkins in 2008, but the momentum it delivered in the seventh was countered by the Sun Devils in OSU's loss.
Boyd took a 1-1 pitch from ASU starter Seth Blair and hit it over the right field fence for a three-run shot and his third home run of the season. It pulled the Beavers to within two, 6-4, but OSU failed to get closer throughout the rest of the game.
It was an uncharacteristically offensive night for a Friday contest featuring two pitchers with earned run averages less than 4.00. However, the Beavers and Sun Devils raked out a good offensive night, with both teams posting multiple extra-base hits.
All told, the Sun Devils finished with 14 hits. Of those 14, seven went for extra bases.
The Beavers (27-20 overall, 9-13 Pacific-10 Conference), meanwhile, tallied eight hits, of which two went for two bases or more.
Greg Peavey made his 13th start of the season and went six full innings, allowing 13 hits, eight runs - six earned - and two walks while striking out three. He allowed consecutive singles to start the seventh before being replaced by James Nygren.
Peavey took the loss and dropped to 4-3 this season.
Blair, meanwhile, improved to 10-0 this season after allowing eight hits and four runs in seven innings of work. The righty struck out nine while walking two. His ERA, which stood at 3.04 entering the game, increased to 3.21.
ASU (44-6, 17-5) opened the game with a 3-0 lead after three, punctuated by Kole Calhoun's 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third. It was just the second home run allowed by Peavey this season, the first coming April 23 against Washington State.
Danny Hayes provided the Beavers with their first run in the fourth, singling through the left side. It scored Dylan Jones, who had doubled to the center field warning track with two outs in the inning. ASU, however, added to its lead with a ground out in the fifth and two run-scoring singles in the sixth.
Boyd gave the Beavers momentum with his third home run of the season in the seventh, but the Sun Devils scored on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly credited to Austin Barnes in the bottom half of the inning.
Hayes led the Beavers with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Calhoun and Deven Marrero each had three hits to pace the Sun Devils.
Oregon State and Arizona State play the second game of the series Saturday at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on FSN Arizona and on tape delay on FSN Northwest Sunday night at 10 p.m.
The Beavers have yet to announce a starter while Arizona State is expected to start right-hander Merrill Kelly (9-1, 3.86).
Listen to the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The Beavers wore their gray uniforms ... The game was the sixth to be televised for the Beavers this season ... It will air at 2 p.m. PT on FSN Northwest Saturday (check your local listings for other affiliates).
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