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Nick Rulli added some punch to the bottom of the Oregon St. batting order yesterday, with 2 hits, including a triple,and a run scored. The Beavers could use some more such punch today as they try to take the series from the Sun Devils.
Nick Rulli added some punch to the bottom of the Oregon St. batting order yesterday, with 2 hits, including a triple,and a run scored. The Beavers could use some more such punch today as they try to take the series from the Sun Devils.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Arizona St. (11-9, 2-3) at #4 Oregon St. (19-4, 4-1) / Goss Stadium / 12:05 PM PDT / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KPOJ 620 AM

Game Notes / Arizona St. Game Notes

Oregon St. and Arizona St. conclude their Pac-12 weekend series with a Sunday mid-day game at Goss Stadium that will decide the series.

After having claimed a 4-0 win in Friday night's opener, the Beavers had a 1 run lead with 2 outs in the 9th, and no one on, but the Sun Devils rallied to tie the game, and then push across another run in the 10th inning to take a 3-2 win to tie the series at a game apiece.

The loss also dropped Oregon St. into a 4 way tie for first in the Pac-12 race, with Oregon, UCLA, and Washington all winning yesterday. And Washington St. is only a game back.

The Beavers will try to take the series, and maintain a share of the Pac-12 lead, with junior LHP Jace Fry (4-0, 1.58 ERA) on the hill. The chances of pulling out the series will be pretty good if Fry can even approximate his last 2 outings, a no-hitter that produced a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois, and last week, a 3 hit complete game 8-0 shutout win at Utah.

The Sun Devils will counter with junior RHP Darin Gillies (1-1, 4.94 ERA). Gillies worked 6 innings last Sunday in Arizona St.'s 4-3 11 inning loss to Washington, giving up 3 runs, but only 4 hits and 1 walk. Gillies had a scoreless inning against Oregon St. in last season's series.

And as yesterday showed, the storied Sun Devil program can never be counted out.

Fry will also have to figure out something Andrew Moore never did, as far as controlling Arizona St.'s Nate Causey, who went 4 for 4 plus a walk against Oregon St. yesterday.

Oregon St. head coach Pat Casey has shaken up the batting order quite a bit today, moving Kavin Keyes up to the 2 spot, and dropping Andy Peterson back to the bottom. Defensively, Keyes stays at 3rd, with Gabe Clark at 1st, in place of Jerad Casper, and Jeff Hendrix is back in the lineup in center field, despite what Nick Rulli did yesterday.

Here's the complete lineup:

SS - Trever Morrison

3B - Kavin Keyes

LF - Michael Conforto

RF - Dylan Davis

CF - Jeff Hendrix

1B - Gabe Clark

C - Logan Ice

DH - Michael Howard

2B - Andy Peterson

P - Jace Fry

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