In what could be considered retribution for the 12-6 win Oregon State had over Arizona State in the College World Series last year, the Sun Devils beat the Beavers 11-0 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Demarini Invitational.
The Sun Devils, who return a lot of familiar faces from last year's roster including Brett Wallace, Ike Davis, and Petey Paramore, clearly had the experience factor on their side against a inexperienced but yet talented Oregon State team. Oregon State returns guys like Joey Wong, Chris Hopkins, Jordan Lennerton, and John Wallace, but welcomes the likes of John Tommasini, Garret Nash, Logan Boyd, and Will Campbell to the roster. The Beavers also have a relatively inexperienced pitching staff, but Coach Wong has ensured great potential from the group. Mike Stutes, Jorge Reyes, and others return from last year's staff.
Now... on to the game. After ASU starting pitcher Seth Blair sat the first three Beavers down in order in the top of the first, the Arizona State bats showed up early. Greg Peavey, Oregon State's starter out of Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. got drilled for seven runs in the first inning before he was relieved by Josh Osich. Peavey faced Arizona State's entire lineup, and only recorded one out. Brett Wallace led off with a homer to left field on the second pitch of the inning. From there, the Sun Devils continued to take Peavey all over the field. But it wasn't all Greg's fault. Petey Paramore reached on an error by Jason Ogata at second base to put a runner on. Ike Davis, ASU's third hitter, grounded to the pitcher, the only out Peavey would record in his short time on the mound. From there, Kiel Roling walked, Jason Kipnis singled, Ryan Sontag walked, then Marcel Champagnie doubled, clearing the bases and driving in three. After Matt Newman reached first on a rare error by Joey Wong, Raoul Torres hit a double of his own, driving in Newman.
It was at this point that Oregon State went to the bullpen for Josh Osich with Brett Wallace due up for his second at bat of the inning. Josh forced Brett to ground out to Jason Ogata at second base for the second out of the inning. Osich then struck out Petey Paramore to end the inning.
And Arizona State wasn't done yet. They scored three more runs in the third inning, and one more in the fourth. From there, the Beavers didn't give up another run.
Even though the Beaver defense didn't allow a run after the fourth inning, the offense couldn't pick up the slack. With the eleven point advantage Arizona State had built, their pitching staff was able to cruise to an easy victory.
The Beavers managed six hits against an ASU pitching staff led by starter Seth Blair. Jordan Lennerton was the only Oregon State player with more than one hit. He went 2-3 on the afternoon. Joey Wong, Jason Ogata, Brett Casey, and Ryan Ortiz all recorded one hit apiece.
Oregon State went through six pitchers during the game. Peavey, who started, gave up seven runs on four hits in his time on the mound. Josh Osich went 2 1/3 and allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two. Josh Keller went 2/3 innings, giving up a single run on one hit. Kraig Sitton came on for Keller in the fourth inning. He pitched two full innings, striking out two. James Nygren went 2/3 innings. He only faced one batter, Marcel Champagnie, and forced him to hit into a double play. Kevin Rhoderick came on the eighth and closed the game out, striking out three and walking two.
The Beavers return to Oregon this week for games at PGE Park against the Georgia Bulldogs. The first game of the three game series will take place on Friday at 6:00 p.m. If the weather holds, it should be a great night for baseball. Game 2 will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and Sunday's finale will get underway at 12 noon.