Beavers fall to Arizona State in slugfest

TEMPE, Ariz. — Brett Wallace and Ike Davis each hit home runs as No. 2-ranked Arizona State salvaged the final game of a Pac-10 Conference baseball series, beating Oregon State 15-12 on Sunday at Packard Stadium.

The two teams went through a combined 12 pitchers (seven for OSU and five for ASU) and scored 27 runs on 26 hits. Beaver pitchers surrendered 13 walks and hit a batter. Neither starter made it through the second inning, as ASU's Reyes Dorado was chased after 11/3 innings after allowing six runs on four hits. OSU's Jorge Reyes lasted only 12/3 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and taking the loss.

The Sun Devils (31-6, 7-5 Pac-10) started fast for the first time all weekend when Wallace homered off Reyes with two men on in the first. It was his 10th homer of the season and his first since March 22.

That lead did not last long, as the Beavers pushed six across in the top of the second, highlighted by Joey Wong's double that hit the right-center fence, driving in two. Oregon State (18-13, 6-6 Pac-10) used four singles and a walk to force Dorado out of the game and bring Stephen Sauer in. Sauer allowed a double that plated two and an RBI ground out before getting out of the inning.

Sauer (4-1) eventually picked up the win for Arizona State, despite pitching only one inning, allowing a hit and a walk. He was the beneficiary of a five run second inning by the ASU offense.

Trailing 6-3, Arizona State loaded the bases with two outs in the second, setting up Wallace's two run single up the middle. Josh Osich was brought in to face Davis, who hit a three-run blast onto Rural Road beyond the outfield fence for hi 15th homer of the season.

ASU would strike again in the third, scoring three to stretch its lead to 11-6. After two walks and an error loaded the bases once again, Rocky Laguna singled home a run. Greg Bordes brought another home with his RBI grounder, then Ryan Sontag singled to center to bring home another run.

The Beavers refused to go away, answering ASU in the sixth and cutting the lead to 11-9. The Beavers scored three runs in the inning, all with two outs.

Trailing 15-9, Ryan Ortiz started a rally for Oregon State in the ninth, driving home two on a double to left-center. Lonnie Lechelt doubled down the right field line to drive in Ortiz and make it 15-12. But Davis was able to get out of the inning with no further damage, ending the game. Davis pitched the final 31/3 innings, striking out five to earn his fourth save of the season.

Braden Wells had three hits for OSU, tying a career-high set last season.

Wong finished with two hits — a double in the second and two-run home run in the sixth — while Lechelt posted singles in the second and fourth innings and a run-scoring double in the ninth.

Oregon State returns to Corvallis for two games Wednesday against in-state rival Portland at Goss Stadium. The first game is slated to start at 2 p.m. PST and is a continuation of the suspended game from April 15's rainout after three and a half innings at PGE Park in Portland. The Beavers hold a 3-0 lead in that contest.

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