Devils Rally to Beat Beavers

For the first time in the 2009 season Arizona State trailed after the first inning. In fact, they trailed all the way until the sixth inning before they scored five runs in their last three at bats to come from behind and top Oregon St. 6-3 in front of 3,547 at Packard Stadium on Saturday night.

The Beavers got on the board in the first off of ASU starter Seth Blair, mainly due to an error on the sophomore right hander. Joey Wong led off with a double and Adalberto Santos hit one back to Blair. Blair could have had Wong at third, but he slipped and while falling tried to throw to first but it was wide of Jared McDonald and Wong came around to score to make it 1-0 Beavers.

Oregon St. got to Blair again in the third. The sophomore walked Santos with one out, but then appeared to get a double play ball off the bat of Ryan Ortiz but second baseman Zack MacPhee booted it into center and Santos went to third.

Jared Norris grounded into a fielder's choice retiring Santos at home, but Stefan Romero picked up a crucial two-out, two-run double to right to make it 3-0 Oregon St.

Blair settled down and got some help from his offense in the 4th. Jason Kipnis reached to start the fourth on an error and Carlos Ramirez followed with a walk. After a pop out by Kole Calhoun, Zach Wilson walked to load the bases.

Oregon St. starter Tyler Waldron appeared to get out of the jam when he struck out McDonald, but Waldron walked Mike Murphy on four pitches to make it 3-1. Raoul Torrez ended the threat when he grounded into a fielder's choice.

The game stayed 3-1 until the 6th inning when Pat Murphy made a decision that changed the game. After a one out single by Wilson, Murphy opted to pinch hit for Jared McDonald with Jordan Swagerty. Swagerty connected on a 1-0 fastball from Kraig Sitton and sent it over the right field fence to tie the game at 3-3.

"I just followed my game plan," said Swagerty, "I was looking for a fastball early and I got it and connected."

Assistant Coach Tim Esmay chimed in from the back of the media room that it felt like hot apple pie to Swagerty, the Texan.

"It felt like hot apple pie," laughed Swagerty, "Let's go with that."

The game stayed 3-3 until the bottom of the 8th when Carlos Ramirez broke the tie with his 5th home run of the season. ASU added insurance runs in the inning as well. Kole Calhoun lined a shot off of the shoulder of pitcher Kraig Sitton removing him from the game. Calhoun advanced to second on an error by the third baseman who picked the ball up after it hit Sitton.

Zach Wilson sacrificed Calhoun to third and after Swagerty was intentionally walked, Mike Murphy made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly to score Calhoun. Raoul Torrez added another insurance run with an RBI single and ASU led 6-3 heading to the ninth.

Blair settled down after the shaky start and went six innings allowing just one earned run. Blair allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six. Mitchell Lambson relieved Blair in the seventh and pitched three innings to pick up his second career win. Lambson, pitching against his home state Beavers, allowed just one hit and struck out three.

ASU will close out the DeMarini Invitational tomorrow afternoon with their third game of the week against the Missouri Tigers. The 20th ranked Tigers fell to 1-7 on the season, losing 5-2 to Northern Illinois on Saturday.


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