Beavers swing potent bats and move into top 25 in one poll
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A sweep would have been icing on a very big cake. But a two-of-three-game series victory at Arizona State was nothing Oregon State ought to sneeze at. “Any time you win two games at their place, you feel pretty good about what you’ve accomplished,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey says. The Beavers (18-13, 6-6 Pac-10) knocked off the second-ranked Sun Devils (31-6, 7-5) on Friday and Saturday before falling 15-12 Sunday. “They’re as good a team as there is in the country,” Casey says, “and we played very well the first two games. We could very easily have swept the series had we just gotten an average pitching performance (on Sunday).” OSU pitchers walked 13 batters in the finale. “That’s ridiculous,” Casey says. “I don’t have an answer for how that could happen.” Jorge Reyes — who had thrown well in his previous three outings against Washington, California and Stanford after a rough start to the season — couldn’t get through the second inning, giving up five hits, two walks and seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. “His stuff was plenty good,” Casey says. “You just can’t leave pitches out in the middle of the plate and get behind hitters, especially against a team that good.” It was the first series loss at home for Arizona State since 2005 and the first time Oregon State ever has won a series against the Sun Devils. Oregon State — which moved into the poll at No. 24 this week — went into the finale with a chance to be the first team to sweep the Devils in Tempe since 1997. Entering the weekend, Arizona State led the Pac-10 in batting average (.331), slugging percentage (.549), on-base percentage (.451), runs scored (332) and walks (226). The Beavers outhit the Sun Devils in all three games and in total (33-23) and outscored them 30-22. OSU’s pitching in the first two games was superb; the Beavers held ASU to seven runs and 11 hits. Senior right-hander Mike Stutes no-hit the Devils through seven innings in Friday’s 6-4 win. Freshman left-hander Tanner Robles allowed only three hits and one run through six innings in Saturday’s 12-3 rout. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen Mike pitch,” Casey says. “His statistics are not as impressive, but his stuff is better than it was last year. Tanner was just really, really good. Without question, he’s earned (the Saturday) spot in the rotation.” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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