Caleb Hamilton singled home Joey Jansen with a two-out, two-on single back up the box off ASU closer Ryan Burr to send Oregon State to the 1-0 victory over No. 12 ASU.
Jansen, pinch running for Michael Howard, who walked to open the inning, was in the process of stealing second when Kyle Nobach bounced what could have been a double play ball to short -- at the very least ASU would have gotten the lead runner. But because Jansen was on the move, the shortstop's only play was to first and a high throw allowed Nobach to reach safely. Two batters later, Hamilton sent a 3-2 pitch up the middle for the game winner.
The RBI ended one serious pitcher’s duel. OSU starter Andrew Moore worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts. His counterpart, Seth Martinez, went eight full, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out three.
OSU ended the game with five hits by five different players. The Sun Devils (10-6, 0-1) tallied eight, with two coming from Trever Allen.
The Beavers twice got out of jams by playing flawless defense. Faced with a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning, Moore was able to start an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play by barehanding a safety squeeze.
In the eighth, and with runners on first and third, ASU again tried a safety squeeze, with reliever Luke Heimlich getting the second out of the inning. His job done after one batter faced, he was replaced by John Pomeroy, who got a groundout to short to get out of the inning.
The win went to Pomeroy, who picked up his first career victory after throwing just two pitches. The loss went to Darin Gillies, who walked Howard with one down in the ninth.
The teams continue their series Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. PT first pitch at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network in addition to TuneIn and osubeavers.com.
Saturday’s game and Sunday’s finale (1:05 p.m.) will both air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
There are, for most college baseball purists, three major Division I college baseball polls: Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and USA Today. Oregon State finally last week broke into the top 25 of Collegiate Baseball and USA Today, at No. 24 in both. They remained on the outside looking in when it comes Baseball America heading into the series in Tempe.
BASEBALL: Beavs win nailbiter over No. 12 ASU
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