Beavs rising high after sweep of No. 5 ASU

NO. 19 OREGON STATE will no doubt go up in the polls this week, their three game sweep over No. 5 Arizona State propelling their rise.

Ryan Dunn doubled, homered and drove in three to lead Oregon State to a series sweep of No. 5 Arizona State with a 9-6 win in front of 2,475 fans Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.

The sweep is the Beavers first-ever over Arizona State in Corvallis and the club's first over the Sun Devils since 1966.

It also marked the first time the perennial baseball powerhouse Sun Devils have been swept in a Pacific-10 Conference series since 1999.

"This was a balanced win and weekend over one of the top teams in the country," said Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, who won his 561st game as the Beavers' head coach, tying Ralph Coleman for second-most. "Our offense battled back after they took a couple early leads and we got some great relief outings from James (Nygren), Tony (Bryant) and Matt (Boyd). Everyone did their part to win this series."

Dunn homered in the second and drove in two with a double in the third. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and tallied a 6-for-11 weekend against the Sun Devils, posting three doubles, a home run and six RBI.

Carter Bell led the Beavers with a 3-for-4 day, while Ryan Barnes and Tyler Smith matched Dunn with two hits of their own.

Nygren earned the win after going four innings in relief of OSU starter Ben Wetzler, who lasted just 1/3 of an inning. Nygren allowed six hits and four runs while striking out six. He improved to 5-1 this season.

The win pushed Oregon State to its sixth consecutive win as the Beavers improved to 24-7 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play.

Arizona State dropped to 22-9 and 5-4 in league play.

OSU's 5-1 start in Pac-10 play matches the 2008 season for OSU. The 24-7 start is the team's best since the 2007 club also went 24-7 over its first 31 games. The Beavers are 6-1 against top-25 clubs this season and 3-0 against those in the top 10.

Oregon State hits the road next weekend when it visits Stanford for a three-game series at Sunken Diamond beginning on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.

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