April 8, 2011
JP's Weekly Walk-Off: ASU storms into town
Fresh off a series win in Tucson to open Pac-10 play, the Beavers host #5 ASU in what will be OSU's stiffest test to date. With the Sun Devils sitting atop the conference standings, this series will certainly have a large impact in the early stages of the chase for the Pac-10 title.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Pac-10 play began with a resounding thud as the Beavers absorbed not only their first shutout loss in 139 games, but also one of the most lopsided losses in program history. There was concern around Beaver Nation Friday night regarding the manner in which the young team would respond, but they showed great reliance and grit in winning the next two to grab the series win after the rather inauspicious beginning.
- Friday: Arizona 18 - OSU 0: The less said about this one, the better.
- Saturday: OSU 10 - Arizona 4: The two Ryan's (Barnes & Dunn) dug the Beavs out of an early hole via their first OSU HRs (each one a 3-run shot), and Josh Osich went a career-high 7 innings to run his record to 4-0.
- Sunday: OSU 8 - Arizona 4: Heading into the weekend the biggest question OSU faced was who would take the Sunday start (to say nothing of how that pitcher would respond). Like Osich the day before, Wetzler wobbled a little bit early in the game, but pulled it together to give the Beavs six solid innings. The offense helped take some pressure off the freshman lefty by putting up five runs in the second to provide a lead they would not relinquish.
- Tuesday: OSU 11 - Portland 1: Without the benefit of a base hit, the Beavers scored 4 runs in the first, and it did not get a lot better from there for Pilot pitching as they issued 10 BB and hit three batters during the course of the game. Parker Berberet's 4th HR of the year and a strong 7.2 IP by James Nygren were the bright spots on a night that did not feature a lot of particularly good baseball.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The good news is, after this week OSU will be done facing teams from Arizona; the bad news is, after a challenging opening series against a top-25 UA team, a top-5 ASU team arrives in Corvallis as the follow-up.
- Friday: OSU (Gaviglio, 5-1, 1.05) vs. ASU (Rodgers, 4-1, 2.33) 5:35pm
- Saturday: OSU (Osich, 4-0, 3.00) vs. ASU (Champlin, 4-1, 2.70) 1:05pm
- Sunday: OSU (Wetzler, 4-1, 4.15) vs. ASU (Barrett, 3-2, 4.46) 1:05pm
Note: ROOT Sports (formerly FSN-NW) will televise the Saturday game.
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