Beavers Win Slugfest, Finale Against No. 3 Arizona State
May 23, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Andrew Susac had hit his first career three-hit game against No. 3 Arizona State Sunday, but it was his final hit that meant the most to the Oregon State baseball team.
Susac's two-run double in the seventh capped off a four-run inning for the Beavers and sent them to a 9-8 victory over the Sun Devils in front of 2,914 fans at Packard Stadium.
Oregon State held off two runs from Arizona State in the seventh and Kraig Sitton picked up the save after Arizona State got a runner to second with two outs in the ninth. The win sent the Beavers to a series finale victory, and improved OSU's record to 28-21 this year and 10-14 in Pacific-10 Conference play.
Susac's two-run single through the left side capped off the inning, which saw OSU send nine batters to the plate and score four runs. Jared Norris also singled in a run and Tyler Smith doubled down the left field line that brought in Keith Jennette, tying the game at the time, 6-6.
ASU answered with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh, but Sitton and fellow reliever Tyler Waldron were able to hold off Arizona State. Waldron picked up the win after allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Sitton went 2 1/3 innings for the save, his third of the year. He allowed two hits while striking out two.
Susac paced the Beavers, who had 12 hits off four Arizona State pitchers, with a 3-for-5 afternoon, driving in three. Adalberto Santos also went 3-for-5 and Norris was 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks.
'This is a very big win,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We fought back against a very good Arizona State team. They are No. 3 for a reason. We were resilient today and it paid off with a hard-fought win.'
Oregon State's four-run inning was charged entirely to Brady Rodgers, who worked 4 1/3 innings. He was practically untouchable until the seventh, but dropped to 3-3 on the year after OSU ultimately touched him for four runs and four hits.
Arizona State starter Jake Borup lasted just 1 2/3 innings before being replaced by Brady Rodgers in the second. Borup allowed six hits and five runs. He did not get the decision after ASU took the lead in the fifth.
Oregon State starter, Tanner Robles, meanwhile, lasted three innings and left the game with runners on first and third and no out in the fourth. Robles allowed four runs and four hits while striking out three in his 14th start of the season.
Robles was replaced Tyler Waldron, who allowed a run to score but got Kole Calhoun to fly out to right with the bases loaded to end the inning, preserving Oregon State's lead.
That lead, however, evaporated in the fifth when Arizona State scored two runs, including one on a home run from Johnny Ruettiger that gave the Sun Devils the 6-5 advantage.
That advantage, however, disappeared, much like OSU's five-run lead after two innings. The Beavers went up 2-0 after one when Santos hit his second home run in as many games.
OSU added to its lead with three more runs in the second. Susac doubled home his first run of the game, then scored when Jennette doubled to left. The Beavers made it 5-0 when Norris singled home Jennette.
ASU (45-7, 18-6), however, answered back with three in the third. Calhoun and Riccio Torrez highlighted the inning with back-to-back home runs.
The Sun Devils made it 5-4 in the fourth when Jordan Swagerty singled up the middle off Waldron, with the run being charged to Robles. Waldron then got out of the inning after walking the bases loaded and forcing Calhoun to fly out to right.
The teams combined for 25 hits, with five home runs, six doubles and a triple. Susac paced OSU with two doubles.
Oregon State plays in its final non-conference game of the season Wednesday against Oregon at PGE Park in Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT.
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: Oregon State wore its orange uniforms ... The Beavers hit their second first-inning home run in the second straight game, doing so when Adalberto Santos homered ... Santos also homered in the eighth inning Saturday ... With the home run, Santos extended his hit streak to a season-long 10 games ... It's OSU's second-longest streak, behind only Stefen Romero's 14-gamer that was snapped Friday night ... OSU has hit a home run in four consecutive games.
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