Devils Blank Beavers

With a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Pac-10 championship, Josh Satow took the mound for ASU in Corvallis and did not disappoint, holding the potent Oregon State offense to virtually nothing in the 3-0 victory in Corvallis on Saturday afternoon.

Satow, the left handed junior, went eight scoreless innings against the Beavers, holding them to only two hits – the first one not coming until the sixth inning – and zero runs as he combined with Jarvis, who earned his ninth save, on the victory.

The Sun Devil offense did just enough in the victory as Jarvis doubled to lead off the fifth inning and following an Ike Davis groundout that moved Jarvis to third, seldom used transfer, Jarred Bogany, launched a two-run home run over the wall in left field to give the Devils their first lead of the ballgame.

After settling in with the lead, Satow kept the Beaver offense down for much of the ballgame but despite holding them to only two hits on the night, Oregon State was close to making things very interesting as the game wore on. After plating a run in the ninth inning on a solo Eric Sogard home run, ASU brought a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the inning with the intention of finishing out the narrow victory, and bringing their magic number for clinching the conference down to two. However, the Beavers had other ideas.

Matt Spencer relieved Satow to finish out the game but slugging catcher, Mitch Canham, lead off the bottom half of the ninth against Spencer, with a walk that ended the short outing for Spencer and allowed Jarvis to step in to the ballgame looking to get out of the mini jam. Jarvis immediately showed some wildness after he stepped on the mound as he followed the Canham walk with another one of his own, putting the first two runners of the inning on base.

After designated hitter Jason Ogata beat out a double play grounder to put runners on first and third base, Jarvis once again showed the nerves of a freshman as he plunked junior first baseman, Jordan Lennerton to load up the bases and suddenly, the 3-0 lead held by ASU seemed anything but insurmountable. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Beavers went to pinch hitter Scott Santschi to keep the rally going but Jarvis overmatched Santschi, getting him to strike out to end the game and bring ASU right to the brink of a conference championship.

Besides Satow, who starred on the mound for ASU, Beaver starting pitcher Joe Paterson was able to keep the normally forceful Devil offense in check, save for the two home runs, as he went 8 1/3 innings whilst only allowing three runs on seven hits, tallying five strikeouts.

With the win on Saturday, the magic number for ASU to clinch the Pac-10 championship falls down to two. Thus, any combination of two wins and/or two losses for Arizona or UCLA gives the Devils the outright title – the first of the Pat Murphy tenure.

The final game of the three-game set with Oregon State takes place Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in Corvallis, Ore. at 1 p.m.

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