Baseball Falls In Series Opener At Arizona State
April 5, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped an 8-2 decision to No. 24 Arizona State in the opener of a three-game series Thursday night at Packard Stadium.
Jake Rodriguez, meanwhile, led the Beavers offensively with two hits. It was his seventh multi-hit effort of the season.
Dan Child made his eighth start of the season and worked six innings. He allowed nine hits and five runs - four of which were earned - to go along with two walks and four strikeouts. He took the loss to drop to 3-2 this season.
Brady Rodgers started for the Sun Devils (17-12, 4-6 Pac-12) and worked eight innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He improved to 5-1 this season.
Arizona State finished the game with 13 hits with Abe Ruiz tallying three to lead the club.
Arizona State scored four two-out runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. James McDonald drove in two and Ruiz one during the frame.
The Sun Devils added to their lead when Ruiz hit a solo home run off Child in the fifth.
The Beavers (18-9, 6-4), however, rallied for two runs in the sixth. Both were unearned as an error on Drew Stankiewicz at third extended the inning. Rodriguez drove in the first run of the inning on a single to left and watched as John Tommasini singled up the middle for the second run of the inning.
The Sun Devils responded and added to the lead on a three-run triple by Kasey Coffman in the seventh.
Thursday's game will air tape delayed Friday at 1 p.m. on ROOT Sports Northwest. Check your local listings for other regions as the game is slated to air across the nation on FSN.
Oregon State and Arizona State continue their series Friday night at 6:30 p.m. PT. Mike Parker will call all the action on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
Arizona State will offer a free webcast of Friday's game. Visit osubeavers.com for the link.
For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club's official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball or by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Dan Child made his first career appearance in a game in the month of April ... It was also his first appearance in a night game ... Carlos Rodriguez made his first appearance since throwing three innings against Oklahoma on March 11.
Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. i> Former Student-Athletes are invited to join the Varsity O Facebook Page for upcoming Alumni events.
Follow Oregon State Athletics On YouTube.