Beavers Handle Sun Devils, Capture Series

The Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team dropped their second conference series of the year today, as the No. 6 Oregon State Beavers handed them a 5-1 loss. The win helped the Beavers gain sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a mark of 11-4 and improved their overall record to 32-8 on the year. With the loss the Devils dropped to 10-5 in conference play and 29-17 overall.

Oregon State starting pitcher Jonah Nickerson showed why he is undefeated on the season, by limiting the Sun Devil batters to just one run on six hits in 6.2 innings of work. The win improved Nickerson's record to 7-0 on the season and improved is league best ERA to an outstanding 1.17. Offensively, Golden Spikes Award nominee and preseason All-American Jacob Ellsbury led the Beavers by going 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI.

Ellsbury was clutch today for the Beavers, when he came to bat with men in scoring position. Just the opposite could have been said about the Devils, who left a total of nine men on base and failed to get the key hits that could have made this game a lot closer. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish drove in the Sun Devils lone run with a two-out single in the third inning that gave the Devils an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn't last long as the Beavers came right back in the bottom half of the inning to score three runs off Sun Devil starter Pat Bresnehan. Bresnehan's day was a short one, as he was charged with three runs on four hits in just 2.1 innings of work. The loss was Bresnehan's fourth of the year as his record dipped below .500 at 3-4.

The one bright spot on the pitching staff today was junior left-hander Brett Bordes, who came in to throw 3.1 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out three. Larish finished the day 2-for-3 including the RBI. Other notables include junior right fielder Travis Buck and freshman shortstop Andrew Romine who were both 2-for-4 on the day.

The Devils return to the diamond Wednesday night as they host Utah Valley State in a non-conference game. The Devils will then host in-state rival and the conference leading Arizona Wildcats beginning May 14th through the 16th in what should be a very exciting series as the race for the Pac-10 title heats up.

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