Stamps' Ninth-Inning Walk Caps OSU Baseball's Five-Run Comeback
April 9, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brian Stamps drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth to send the No. 19 Oregon State baseball team to a 7-6 comeback victory over No. 5 Arizona State Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Tied at six entering the ninth, the Beavers loaded the bases when Parker Berberet was walked intentionally. Stamps, who had entered the game earlier as a pinch runner, took to a 3-0 count from ASU reliever Mitchell Lambson.
With the 2,729 in attendance on in its feet, Stamps took his fourth pitch of at the at bat for a ball, scoring pinch hitter Max Gordon and sending the Beavers to their fifth consecutive win and a series victory over the Sun Devils.
The series concludes Sunday and the Beavers will be going for their first ever sweep of Arizona State in Corvallis. The Sun Devils have not been swept in a Pac-10 series since 1999.
"What a comeback," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Everything went right for us toward the end and we pulled it out. This a testament to the drive this team has this season."
The run capped off a five-run comeback for Oregon State as the Beavers found themselves down 6-2 after five full. Arizona State's (22-8 overall, 5-3 Pacific-10 Conference) Deven Marrero hit a three-run home run off OSU reliever Scott Schultz in the fifth as ASU scored four runs in the frame.
The Beavers (23-7, 4-1) answered with three runs in the seventh. Ryan Dunn drove in the Beavers' first run of the inning with a single, then saw Michael Miller make it a 6-4 game after getting hit by a pitch.
Ryan Barnes drove in the final run of the inning on a fielder's choice.
Then, in the eighth, OSU tied it up. Kavin Keyes reached on an infield single, and three batters later, Tyler Smith drove in Stamps - who was pinch running - with a blooper to left, just evading Marrero's outstretched glove at second, tying the game.
Schultz gave up two hits and two runs in relief of OSU starter Josh Osich in the fifth, but settled down and worked five full innings for his second win of the season. He ended the game with three strikeouts and threw just 56 pitches.
Osich worked four innings in the start. He allowed four hits and four runs while striking out two.
Osich and ASU starter Kramer Champlin worked through the first two innings before both gave up two runs in the third. Andy Workman drove a two-run home run over the left field fence in the top half of the inning, and Norris followed that up with a two-run single in the bottom half to tie the game.
Champlin worked six innings for ASU, allowing eight hits and five runs. He walked three and struck out three.
The loss was taken by Lambson, who was touched for five hits and two runs in one inning of work. He dropped to 3-3 this season.
Oregon State tallied 14 hits to just six for Arizona State. All 14 of the Beavers' hits were singles, with Miller, Norris, Keyes, Dunn, Smith and Carter Bell all posting two apiece.
Keyes extended his hit streak to 10 games while Norris pushed his to six games.
Marrero led Arizona State with two hits.
Oregon State and Arizona State conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT at Goss Stadium.
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Tickets for the series can be purchased by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or going online at osubeavers.com. The Goss Stadium ticket office opens 2 ½ hours prior to first pitch on gamedays.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State improved to 18-2 in day games this season and 8-2 on Saturdays ... The Beavers are now 2-5 in one-run games ... OSU is 18-1 when out-hitting its opponents and 12-0 when doing so at Goss Stadium ... Pat Casey now has 560 wins as OSU's head coach, one shy of tying Ralph Coleman for second-most as the Beavers' head coach.
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