Beavers Rally Late but Fall to Arizona State, 6-4
March 5, 2010
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Oregon State baseball team mounted a late rally but fell 6-4 to Arizona State Friday at Surprise Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,346 in the second game of the Coca-Cola Classic.
Rob Folsom led off the top of the ninth inning with a single to the shortstop. Stefen Romero came up next and struck out swinging with Folsom stealing second on the pitch. Folsom slid into second with the base stolen but there was a batter interference call by the home plate umpire on the back end of the play that called Folsom out on the play for a double play.
Matt Boyd and Carter Bell recorded back-to-back walks with two outs to give the Beavers another hope to tie the game. Brandon Hayes, who came into the at bat 1-for-3 for the day with two runs scored, popped out to the Arizona State shortstop for the final out of the game.
Oregon State (6-3 overall) ended the game scoring four runs off of six hits and committed one error.
The Beavers get on the board first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Carter Bell reached on an error by the third baseman to start the inning and was moved to second on a Brandon Hayes single. Tyler Smith moved them over on a lazy ground ball to the shortstop. Bell came in to score on a while pitch that went behind the back of Andrew Susac and Hayes advanced to third. Susac then followed it up with an RBI single up the middle scoring Hayes from third.
Oregon State picked up another run in the top of the third on the third error of the day for the Sun Devils. Boyd doubled down the right field line and Bell advanced him to third on a single up the middle. After Hayes was struck out for the second out of the inning, Smith grounded to the shortstop who threw it past the first baseman and up the right field line allowing Boyd to score from third bringing the Beaver lead to 3-0.
The Sun Devils (9-0) tied up the game in the fourth inning with three runs on four hits and were helped by two wild pitches by Oregon State starting pitcher Tyler Waldron.
Waldron went 4 1/3 innings giving up a season high seven hits and allowing four earned runs. He struck out one and walked one.
Arizona State took the lead with one run in the bottom of the fifth when the leadoff hitter walked and came around to score on a single by Johnny Ruettiger. The Beavers got out of a bases loaded jam when reliever James Nygren came in struck out Devan Marrero to end the inning.
After picking up one run in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, Arizona State held a 6-3 lead.
After scoring three runs on four hits in the first three innings, the Beavers were held hitless through the next four innings as the Sun Devils scored six unanswered runs to take the 6-3 lead.
The Beavers fought back with one run in the top of the eighth inning on a bases loaded groundout by pinch hitter Parker Berberet scoring Hayes from third bringing the score to 6-4.
Oregon State rallied in the top of the ninth inning with two runners on base with two outs but could not push any more across the plate to fall to the Sun Devils 6-4.
Oregon State next plays Utah Valley Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT. Catch the game live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com)., on KTHH 990-AM in Corvallis and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Six different batters accounted for every Oregon State hit ... Rob Folsom extended his hitting streak to seven games ... Relief pitcher James Nygren struck out a season high three batters ... Oregon State threw a season high six wild pitches in the game ... Brandon Hayes recorded a season high two runs scored.
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