Arizona State Baseball: Sun Devils Take Series at No. 4 Oregon State

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Arizona State baseball traveled to Corvallis, Ore., over the weekend to take on the No. 4 ranked Oregon State Beavers at Goss Stadium and walked out with a series victory. The Sun Devils (12-10, 3-3 Pac-12) rebounded from a difficult series home loss to Washington and defeated Oregon State (19-4, 4-2) in consecutive games over the weekend.

It was a reversal of sorts for the Arizona State pitching staff as staff ace Brett Lilek took the only loss of the weekend. Lilek (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season but delivered a formidable effort. Through four innings, Lilek surrendered only three hits and struck out six Beavers’ batters. In the final 3.1 innings, sophomore Eric Melbostad allowed only four hits and one additional run.

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler (4-0) silenced the Devils’ bats giving up only two hits and one walk through seven innings earning a 0.59 ERA.

Exactly one year, to the day, since sophomore pitcher Ryan Kellogg’s no-hitter at then-No. 3 Oregon State, he was back on the mound at Goss Stadium. Kellogg (2-2) gave up an early run in the first inning but settled in giving up only six hits and a run over the next eight  innings.

Left fielder Jake Peevyhouse was crucial in the game going 3-for-4 with two doubles. It was Peevyhouse’s two-out double in the top of ninth that began the Sun Devils’ rally. Third baseman Dalton DiNatale who was 0-for-2 coming up to bat knocked a single down the right field line to score Peevyhouse and tie the score at 2-2. Arizona State would score another run in the 10th inning with Ryan Burr coming in to collect his fourth save of the season striking out the first two batters and inducing a popout to left field to end the game.

Sunday’s rubber game pitted ASUs junior right-handed pitcher Darrin Gillies (1-1) against OSUs Jace Fry. Fry (4-1) came in to the game having pitched consecutive complete games including a no-hitter against Northern Illinois.

Gillies and Fry were locked in a pitchers’ duel through five innings until the Sun Devils broke through and scored three runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Gillies allowed the first two Oregon State batters on base and was pulled in favor of Jordan Aboites. Although Aboites gave up three runs in the sixth to allow the Beavers to get back in the game, he would earn the win, pitching a perfect seventh inning.

Arizona State would take the lead in the eighth inning on Brian Serven’s lead-off double to left center field. Serven would then score on Dalton DiNatale’s fielder’s choice. Brandon Jackson would then come in to relieve Jace Fry and got out of the inning. Three Oregon State pitchers would be shelled for three hits and three runs in the top of the ninth securing the Arizona State victory 7-3.

Sun Devils’ closer Ryan Burr gave up a lead-off single in the eighth but would go nearly perfect giving up only a walk in the ninth, earning his fifth save.

Arizona State will face the rival Arizona Wildcats Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats (11-15, 1-5 Pac-12) are reeling and are in the midst of a six-game losing streak.

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David A. Bowers
David is a featured columnist for Arizona State athletics as well as PAC-12. He is an accomplished writer with numerous articles published by local and national publications and websites. He has worked in college athletics for many years from Arizona to Delaware. He is a founding member of the Arizona State Young Alumni – Tucson Chapter and a lifetime member of ASU Alumni Association. He resides in Tucson with his beautiful wife who shares his love of beer and their two gorgeous golden retrievers.