OREGON STATE couldn't keep pace in the final two innings, as Arizona State scored four runs during…
OSU win streak snapped, go for series win Sun
They scored again in the 10th off reliever Scott Schultz to hand the Beavers (19-4, 4-1) their first defeat since a 6-2 loss to Wright State on March 1.
Moore didn't have his best stuff, but he was at his efficient best. He scattered 10 hits as the Sun Devils had at least one baserunner in every inning except the second. He struck out five, walked one, and was helped defensively by a double play, a leaping catch of a line drive by first baseman Jerad Casper, and a caught stealing that helped extinguish a threat in the eighth inning.
Moore, however, was touched for the tying run in the ninth with two down. He retired the first two batters, but Jake Peavyhouse doubled into the right-field corner for his third hit of the afternoon. Dalton Dinatale then grounded a single into right field to score Peavyhouse with the tying run, ending Moore's day.
Arizona State went ahead 3-2 in the 10th on a leadoff single by Johnny Sewald, a sacrifice and R.J. Ybarra's one-out RBI double off Schultz. Closer Ryan Burr then retired the Beavers in order for his fourth save to even the series at a game apiece. It was Oregon State's first extra-inning game this season.
Moore battled to protect the lead and escaped a big jam in the eighth after one-out singles by Drew Stankiewicz and Nathaniel Causey put runners at first and second. Stankiewicz tried to take third on a pitch in the dirt but was gunned down by catcher Logan Ice for the second out, and Moore then retired Ybarra on a popper to second to preserve the 2-1 advantage.
Peterson had two hits, a run and an RBI, Rulli tripled, singled and scored and Davis had two singles and an RBI for the Beavers. They stranded six and did not advance a runner past first base in the final five innings.
The crowd of 3,021 was the largest for a regular-season home game since 3,417 watched the Beavers clinch the 2013 Pac-12 title by defeating Washington State last May 25. They are averaging 2,501 in 10 home dates and have drawn 2,032 or more to every game.
The series concludes at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Goss Stadium. The probable starting pitchers are lefty Jace Fry (4-0, 1.58) for the Beavers and righty Darin Gillies (1-1, 4.94) for Arizona State.
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