Frustration Shows as Devils Routed by Beavers

Baseball can be a very frustrating game when things aren't going your way. Early in the season it seemed like nothing could go wrong for the Sun Devils, now it seems like nothing can go right. On Saturday night ASU fell apart during the four hour marathon. Pitching, defense and for the second night in a row the failure to manufacture runs led Oregon State to an easy 12-3 over their hosts.

Things looked promising to start the game as ASU starter Josh Satow made quick work of the Beavers in the top of the first and ASU jumped out to an early lead in the bottom half.

Brett Wallace started things for the Devils with a leadoff single and stole second base. Jason Kipnis struck out looking and Petey Paramore followed with a single that sent Wallace to third. Kiel Roling then sent a towering shot to the base of the left centerfield fence that was caught by Chris Hopkins, allowing Wallace to score the game's first run.

But that was all the fans at Packard Stadium had to cheer about the rest of the night, as the Beavers took complete control of an ASU team that was missing star 1B Ike Davis, who was out with a hamstring strain.

Joey Wong put the Beavers up 2-1 in the third with his 4th home run of the season on a ball that just kept carrying and snuck over the right field fence. Wong's homer came just an at bat after Marcel Champagnie threw late to first base allowing Braden Wells to reach with an infield single.

Oregon State would use the long ball once again in the fourth to increase their lead to 5-1. Drew George reached to start the inning on an error by Champagnie and Ryan Ortiz followed with a single. Daniel Robertson then dropped down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third. Satow then got a big out when he got Erik Ammon to fly out to Jake Elmore in shallow left and Elmore's strong throw home held George at third. But Lonnie Lechelt picked up his teammate by crushing a home run to left field that put the Beavers in control at 5-1.

Satow would be chased in the fifth after walking Hopkins and Drew George to begin the inning. Satow went 4 1/3 innings for ASU and allowed seven runs, just four earned, on five hits and three walks.

Stephen Sauer then took over for the Devils and Ortiz greeted him with a single to right that Kipnis booted allowing a run to score. After Robertson singled, another Champagnie error cost the Devils as John Wallace hit a ground ball that Champagnie booted allowing everyone to be safe and a run to score to make it 7-1.

That is when frustrations began to boil over for ASU and Head Coach Pat Murphy. Sauer appeared to have Lechelt rung up on a called third strike, but home plate umpire Tony Norris called the pitch a ball. That prompted an explosion from the ASU dugout who had been frustrated with Norris' strike zone all night. Norris, who was at the center of attention last night when he called a potential game tying double by Brett Wallace foul when it appeared to be a fair ball, ejected Murphy after a short argument. Murphy then had to be restrained by the other umpires and Tim Esmay as he continued his argument before kicking a bucket in the dugout on his way to the locker room.

The ejection seemed to fire up the Devils as the packed Packard Stadium crowd tried to get behind their struggling Devils. Sauer struck out Lechelt and then got pinch hitter Jordan Lennerton to ground out to get out of the jam.

But the momentum and energy didn't carry over to the ASU bats as Tanner Robles and the OSU bullpen continued to shut them down the rest of the way.

Oregon St. scored another run off of Sauer in the seventh. Drew George walked to start the frame and advanced to third on a single by Ortiz. Tim Esmay, filling in for Murphy, then went to Jason Franzblau who hit Robertson with a pitch to load the bases. John Wallace then hit one on the ground that Brett Wallace fielded and threw to Paramore to force out George. Lechelt then followed with a ground ball that shortstop Greg Bordes made a great play and flip to Raoul Torrez on, but Torrez threw high to Wallace allowing a run to score to make it 8-1. Sauer allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings pitched and Franzblau didn't allow a run in 2/3 of an inning.

The Beavers would strike again in the eighth inning off of freshman Seth Blair. Blair walked Joey Wong and Chris Hopkins to lead off the inning and then got Jason Ogata hit into a fielders' choice. Blair then threw a wild pitch that allowed Wong to score to make it 9-1. Blair would be pulled for Kyle Brule after walking George. An error by Rocky Laguna at first base allowed another run to score and the Beavers led 10-1. Blair threw 2/3 of an inning and allowed two runs, one earned. Brule also went 2/3 of an inning and allowed no runs. RJ Preach allowed a two run home run to Jordan Lennerton in the ninth that made the score 12-1 OSU.

The Devils managed just five hits, a day after being no-hit into the eighth inning. Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace each had two hits and Ryan Sontag and Jason Kipnis had the others. Wallace and Kipnis had RBI singles in the 9th, but it was too little and much too late.

The Devils will try and avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon at Packard Stadium. 2007 College World Series MVP Jorge Reyes (2-1, 6.38 ERA) will get the ball for Oregon State and ASU's starter is unknown as Sauer, Franzblau and Blair all pitched on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1PM Sunday.

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