Walks Allow Beavers to Rally in Ninth

ASU was three outs away from clinching their seventh straight Pac-10 series win, but after Oregon State rallied to walk off with a 4-3 win with a pair of runs in the 9th, ASU will have to win tomorrow to keep that streak alive.

The Devils (33-10, 16-4 Pac 10) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth to go to the bottom half up a run. But the Beavers took advantage of four Mitchell Lambson walks to rally for a 4-3 victory in game two of the series.

For the second straight game, ASU got on the board first with Drew Maggi providing the spark. Maggi hit a one out double down the left field line and Beavers' starter Greg Peavey then walked Jason Kipnis and hit Carlos Ramirez to load the bases. Matt Newman made it 2-0 Devils with a base hit back up the middle, but Riccio Torrez followed with an inning ending double play.

ASU had a chance to tack on more in the 5th, but couldn't get a run home after loading the bases with nobody out. Jared McDonald led off the inning with a double and moved up to third on a wild pitch. Drew Maggi followed with a walk and that ended Peavey's day. Freshman Ryan Gorton came on and hit Jason Kipnis to load the bases.

Gorton then worked out of the jam by getting Ramirez and Newman to strike out and retiring Riccio Torrez to end the inning.

That gave Oregon State (26-12, 10-7 Pac 10) momentum and they carried it into the bottom half of the fifth to chase ASU starter Seth Blair and tie the game.

Blair walked Joey Wong to lead off the inning and after a strikeout, hit Stefan Romero with a pitch. Jared Norris then followed with a single to left center to cut the lead to 2-1 and then Adalberto Santos tied the game with an RBI single of his own. Mitchell Lambson then took the ball from Blair and got a double play to end the inning.

Lambson and the Beaver bullpen traded zeros until the ninth inning. ASU took the lead off of reliever Kraig Sitton, thanks again to Maggi. Zack MacPhee started things with a one out double to left, but Sitton got pinch hitter Jordan Swagerty to pop out for the second out. Maggi again came through in the clutch; with a triple to right center to give ASU a 3-2 lead in the 9th.

Murphy elected to stick with the hot Lambson for the ninth, but his control quickly was lost. The freshman walked pinch hitter Rob Folsom to start the inning, but got Joey Wong to ground into a fielders' choice for out number one. Lambson then walked Ortiz and Romero to load the bases with just one away.

Jared Norris tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Folsom. The bases were then reloaded with a walk to Santos before the light hitting Koa Kahalehoe singled to left to bring the winning home around to score.

Blair worked 4.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits to pick up the no decision. Lambson also worked 4.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on just two hits, but walked five, including four in t he decisive ninth inning. The loss dropped the freshman to 6-3 on the season.

Drew Maggi and Carlos Ramirez each had two hits for ASU, with Matt Newman driving in a pair. Jason Kipnis was back in the Sun Devil lineup, a day after missing his first game of the year with a neck injury. Kipnis was robbed of a home run by John Wallace in the seventh inning on Saturday.

The Devils didn't lose any ground in the Pac 10 with their loss on Saturday as Washington State fell to Stanford. ASU still holds a 3.5 game lead over the second place Cougars and a four game lead over third place UCLA.

ASU will try to continue its consecutive series won streak tomorrow afternoon in Corvallis in the rubber game. Jordan Swagerty (3-1, 3.34 ERA) will get the ball for the Devils and he will be opposed by Beaver junior Jorge Reyes (5-2, 3.45 ERA). First pitch from Goss Stadium is at noon on Sunday.

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