Oregon State held a slim lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but a big inning from the Arizona State bats propelled the Sun Devils to a 9-6 win. The loss drops Oregon State 31-16, and 13-9 in the conference.
The game started well for the Beavers, with Andy Armstrong scoring on a Joe Casey double in the top of the first giving them a 1-0 lead. After two quick groundouts in the bottom of the first it looked like starter Kevin Abel was in for a solid game, but two straight walks and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. A double down the right field line from ASU’s Jack Moss scored two runs, putting the Sun Devils up 2-1.
Arizona State added two more in the bottom of the second, with a two run homer from Drew Swift. ASU was taking control of the game, but the Beavers responded in the top of the fourth. Troy Claunch hit a solo home run in the first at bat of the frame, and that was only the beginning.
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After a Greg Fuchs walk, a fielder’s choice and a foul out gave the Beavers two outs and one on. Wade Meckler fought to keep the inning alive, and hit his third home run of the season to score two more for the Beavs. That was followed by a Ryan Ober walk and a single from Andy Armstrong. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, and a single from Garret Forrester brought both of them home. A 5 run fourth put the Beavers up 6-4.
The Sun Devils got a run back in the bottom of the seventh, but the Beavers managed to cling onto a one run lead into the bottom of the ninth. That’s when things fell apart in dramatic fashion. After closer Jake Mulholland struck out the first batter, back to back singles put the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on first. Another single from Sean McLain tied the game for ASU, and then a three run home run from Ethan Long ended the game in a 9-6 Arizona State win.
Game 2 between OSU and ASU will kick off at 6:30 PM PT tomorrow. Arizona State will be providing a live stream on pac-12.com.