The Oregon State Beavers came into the game winning their conference opener against Arizona State 1-0 and hoping to take the series lead tonight. The Beavers had been playing great ball lately going on a 11 game win streak.
The Arizona State Sun Devils started Ryan Kellogg, who had a rough start to start the game. The Beavers batters got a jump on him in the first and second innings. Gabe Clark got the Beavers on the board first driving in KJ Harrison in the first inning. In the seconding inning the Beavers scored two off a Jeff Hendrix single that extended the lead to 2-0 and a Logan Ice single to score Jeff Gillette extending the Beavers lead to 3-0. It looked like the Beaves would have easy sailing but the Sun Devils had other plans.
Oregon State started Drew Rasmusse he would the Sun Devils scoreless in the first but the Sun Devils would finally get a run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Both the Beavers and the Sun Devils would go scoreless for five innings and it looked like the Beavers would pull out another close but good pitched game. The teams would also go through multiple pitching changes to.
In the bottom of the 8th inning things would turn around for the Sun Devils, as they took advantage of the Beavers freshman pitchers. Arizona State batters would get hot scoring two runs two tie the game. Off of a Joey Bielek single to score Trever Allen. Another single from Brian Serven to tie the game going into the top of the 9th.
The Beavers after their fast start in the first two innings could not find any offense through the final seven innings of the game. Arizona State would bring in their best closer Ryan Burr who had 30 saves coming into the game and he would live up to his billing, catching Beavers phenmon KJ Harrison looking. The Beavers would struggle in pitching going through multiple pitchers but never finding a pitcher who could close the game.
The Beavers pitching would load up the bases and all Brian Servan had to do was drive in the runner for the win and he did. After his hit to left field the whole team came out to celebrate. Coach Pat Casey no doubt will have strong words for his team after they let a game they were controlling slip away from them, their pitchers other then Rasmussen didn't help them much. The Beavers hope to win the rubber match Sunday at 1pm, this series is proving to be hard fought for both teams. Oregon State is hoping to take their opening Pac-12 series. Both teams had 13 hits.
Arizona State improves to 11-6 overall, 1-1 in Pac 12 play, while the Beavers drop to 15-5 overall, 1-1 in Pac-12 play.