#22 Oregon State (18-10, 6-5) at #24 Arizona St. (18-12, 5-6) at 12:30 PM MST & PDT - at Packard Stadium, Tempe, AZ - KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM - Video and Audio Stream on Beaver Nation Online, for a fee
Oregon St. and Arizona St. wrap up their series with a Saturday afternoon game that should be a sun-baked affair in Tempe.
Friday night, the Sun Devils' Trevor Williams got the best of the Beavers' Ben Wetzler in a pitchers' duel Arizona St. won 3-2.
Wetzler went 5 1/3 innings, giving up only 5 hits, but 2 of them were a 2 RBI triple by Deven Marrero and a subsequent RBI single by Joey DiMichele, both with 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th. Arizona St. has now scored 10 of their 11 runs in the series with 2 outs.
It was all the runs the Sun Devils got, but it was all they needed to tag Wetzler with his first loss of the season, because Williams allowed only 4 hits in 7+ shutout innings.
Michael Conforto came through with a 2 out 2 RBI single in the 8th, driving in Ryan Gorton, whom Williams hit with the first pitch of the inning, and John Tommasini, who then singled to send Williams to the showers. But that was all the offense Oregon St. was able to generate.
Oregon St. will go with Jace Fry (2-1, 3.43 ERA), while Arizona St. announced that they will go with RHP Darin Giles (0-3, 4.44 ERA).
Fry went 7 mostly strong innings under awful conditions before turning the ball and a 5-3 lead over to Matt Boyd and Tony Bryant to bring the win home Sunday over Washington. Fry gave up only 2 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 7 Husky batters, and got the win. All 3 runs were unearned, though Fry committed the first one, which came after the game had waited 2 hours to get started. The miscue sparked the 2 run early Washington lead that Michael Conforto had to erase with a first inning home run.
Another throwing error in the second inning put the Huskies ahead again, but Fry settled down, and patiently waited for the Beaver bats to get the lead back in the 5th, and worked his way into the safe closing range of the "Killer Bs."
Giles went 4 innings, and only gave up 1 run, on 4 hits and a walk, last Sunday at Oregon, but still took the loss after the Ducks edged the Sun Devils 4-3 to complete their weekend sweep, with most of the relevant action happening after Giles was long gone.