Baseball Edged By No. 3 Arizona State
May 22, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon State rallied, putting a runner at second base in the ninth, but could not get a run across and was edged by No. 3 Arizona State, 6-5, Saturday in front of 4,123 fans at Packard Stadium.
Arizona State scored the game-winning run in the eighth on a single through the left side by Raoul Torrez. It came off OSU reliever Kevin Rhoderick and gave the Sun Devils the series victory with a game to play.
Torrez' game-winning single was necessitated after the Beavers score three runs in the top half of the eighth to overcome a 5-2 deficit. Adalberto Santos hit a two-run home run to right, then watched as Andy Quiring tied the game with a pinch hit home run over the left field fence off ASU reliever Mitchell Lambson.
The loss went to Rhoderick, who allowed three hits and a run in 2/3 of an inning to drop to 2-2 this season. Lambson picked up the victory after going one full inning, allowing three hits and three runs. Lambson is 7-2.
OSU put runners at first and second in the ninth after Tyler Smith reached on a fielder's choice and Brent Warren singled up the middle. But Santos flew out to the right field warning track against ASU closer Jordan Swagerty, giving the Sun Devils the win.
Swagerty picked up his 12th save of the season and the Sun Devils improved to 45-6 overall and 18-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Oregon State, meanwhile, dropped to 27-21 overall and 9-14 in league play.
Sam Gaviglio made his eighth start of the season and the first of his career against Arizona State and went 5 2/3 innings before being replaced by Matt Boyd, who came in from the designated hitter spot.
Gaviglio scattered four hits and four runs while striking out two and issuing five walks. He did not figure in the decision after the Beavers tied the game in the eighth,
Merrill Kelly started and went seven innings for Arizona State. The righty scattered two runs and four hits in a quality start. Kelly allowed three of his four hits in the first inning, then gave up just a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch in his last six innings of work.
Kelly, like Gaviglio, did not figure in the decision after Lambson allowed the Beavers to tie the game in the eighth.
ASU, however, took the lead with Kole Calhoun's 12th home run of the season, a three-run shot off Gaviglio in the third.
The Sun Devils added solo runs in the sixth and seventh runs to take what appeared to be a commanding 5-2 lead. At least, that appeared to be the case until Santos and Quiring homered in the eighth.
Oregon State and Arizona State tallied eight hits apiece. Deven Marrero was the only player from either team to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
Oregon State and Arizona State play the series finale Sunday in a 12:30 p.m. PT start at Packard Stadium. The Beavers have yet to announce a starter while the Sun Devils will send right-hander Jake Borup (10-1, 3.21) to the mound.
The game will not be televised.
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 game can be seen on tape delay on FSN Northwest at 10 p.m. Sunday night ... Adalberto Santos made his first start in left field ... Rob Folsom became the first Beaver to earn the start in center outside of Santos ... Santos had made the first 47 starts in center this season ... Matt Boyd made his first start at designated hitter since April 17 against Stanford ... Sam Gaviglio made his first career appearance against Arizona State ... The game marked the 14th played against a top 25 club this season ... It was the fifth against a top 10 team ... Jared Norris' home run was Oregon State's seventh in the first inning this season ... It extended Norris' hit streak to eight games and he has hit all three of his home runs during the streak ... The 4,123 in attendance at the game was the biggest crowd of the season for the Beavers, home or road ... It surpassed the 4,109 that saw OSU play Hawaii on Feb. 19, which happened to be the first game of the season ... The three home runs were the most in a game by the Beavers this season ... Andy Quiring's pinch-hit home run was the Beavers' second in as many games ... Matt Boyd had hit OSU's first in two seasons Friday night ... OSU's 38 home runs are the team's most since 2007 when the Beavers had 46.
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