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Gaviglio shuts down Cougars in 8-2 win

CORVALLIS — Freshman pitcher Sam Gaviglio allowed just one earned run and Jared Norris went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as Oregon State evened its series against Washington State with an 8-2 victory in front of 3,073 at Goss Stadium on Saturday.

Gaviglio, a freshman from Ashland, 72/3 innings, his longest stint of the season. It was his fourth start of the year but his first in Pac-10 Conference play.

Gaviglio (8-1) scattered four hits, struck out four and walked one in raising his team lead for victories. The walk was Gaviglio's first in 142/3 innings.

In his last 192/3 innings, Gaviglio has issued one walk.

"Sam threw well, and the offense really picked it up toward the end of the game," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "Jared has been swinging the bat well. Everything started with Sam, though, and he looked very good today."

Kraig Sitton relieved Gaviglio with two outs in the eighth. He retired Michael Weber on one pitch to end the eighth and struck out three straight hitters after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth.

Norris hit in the fourth spot of the lineup for the Beavers (31-15, 13-10 Pac-10) for just the fourth time this season. The decision paid off as he enjoyed his ninth multi-RBI game of the season, driving in runs in both the first and sixth innings.

The 2-for-4 effort extended his hitting streak to seven games. Norris is 5-for-8 in the series and is hitting .481 during his hitting streak.

Michael Miller was a spark plug at the top of the lineup for the Beavers, reaching base three times in four at-bats. He led the Beavers half of the first inning off with a walk and scored the first run of the game. He also collected an RBI single in the second inning and scored Oregon State's third run in the fifth on a throwing error by catcher Jay Ponciano of the Cougars (27-22, 15-8).

Carter Bell got the start at shortstop for the first time in his Oregon State career. He came through with a 2-for-3 effort, scoring runs in the second and sixth innings and driving in Stefen Romero for the Beavers' fourth run.

The Beavers nursed a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, when Romero reached first on a wild pitch on the third strike to lead off the inning. Former North Medford player Rob Folsom followed with a bunt single, and Joey Wong's sacrifice bunt put runners at third and second with one out.

Bell and John Wallace came through with back-to-back singles to score Romero and Folsom to make it 5-2.

ARIZONA STATE 10, OREGON 2 — At Tempe Ariz., Arizona State's pitching stifled Oregon once again, and the Sun Devils' offense hammered three home runs in a victory at Packard Stadium.

Right-hander Jordan Swagerty (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings before surrendering two runs in the seventh to end his outing.

Freshman Tyler Anderson (2-8) took the loss for the Ducks (14-36, 4-19).

ASU (40-11, 18-5), in search of its third consecutive Pac-10 title, took Oregon's pitching staff for 14 hits, including three home runs from Riccio Torrez, Carlos Ramirez and Kole Calhoun.

Arizona State wasted little time taking an early 3-0 lead. Back-to-back singles led to the Sun Devils first run when Calhoun's RBI groundout scored Jason Kipnis. Torrez then sent Anderson's two-out offering deep over the wall in left-center, a two-run shot and his fifth round-tripper of the year.

The Sun Devils increased their lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth after Anderson surrendered back-to-back solo home runs over the right-field wall to Ramirez and Calhoun. Anderson then walked Torrez, forced Matt Newman to ground into a double play and hit Zack MacPhee before leaving the game.

Freshman Scott McGough came in to end the inning, but not before a wild pitch allowed Torrez to score Arizona State's seventh run.

The game became a 10-run affair in the sixth after McGough loaded the bases by way of a double and two walks. McGough was lifted in favor of freshman right-hander Alex Keudell, but Abe Ruiz laced a two-out bases-clearing double down the right field line.

Antony Kreitz, Eshleman and Hogan each had 2-for-4 performances for Oregon.