Beavers drop series finale to Washington St.
CORVALLIS — Washington State scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to defeat Oregon State 7-6 in the rubber game of their three-game Pac-10 Conference series on Sunday.
Former North Medford player Rob Folsom homered and went 2-for-4 for the Beavers (31-16, 13-11 Pac-10).
As the second hitter of the game for OSU, Folsom lifted a pitch from starter David Stilley of Washington State (28-22, 16-8) over the left field wall for the first home run of his career and the first by a Beaver in the first inning.
His single in the fourth inning gave the junior his fourth multi-hit effort of 2009.
The Beavers' Ryan Ortiz went 3-for-5 and hit his second home run of the weekend. Ortiz collected RBIs in three of his five at-bats.
With the Beavers trailing 6-5 in the seventh inning, the Oregon State catcher led the inning off with his fourth home run.
With two outs in the second inning, OSU's Carter Bell singled through the right side to give himself a three-game hitting streak. He then stole second base and scored on a single by John Wallace to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead.
Michael Miller also had two hits and two RBIs.
Jorge Reyes made his team-leading 12th start for OSU. The right-hander retired the first nine hitters he faced, and the Cougars were unable to get a ball out of the infield until a fly out by No. 8 hitter Ryan Peterson.
WSU struck for three runs in the fourth, however.
Reyes went five innings and allowed six hits and five runs, three of which were earned.
The Beavers host Oregon at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a nonconference game.
ARIZONA STATE 8, OREGON 0 — At Tempe, Ariz., third-ranked Arizona State clinched their third consecutive Pac-10 title, completing a sweep of Oregon.
ASU sophomore right-hander Seth Blair improved to 6-1 on the year, pitching 72/3 scoreless innings. He held Oregon to two hits while striking out six and walking none.
Oregon freshman Madison Boer (1-8) took the loss for the Ducks, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in 12/3 innings.
Arizona State (41-11, 19-5) took a lead it never relinquished in the bottom of the second. With two runs already across, Carlos Ramirez belted a two-out, three-run homer.
The Ducks (14-36, 4-20) were held to four hits as Blair and Jason Franzblau combined for the shutout. It marked the fourth time Oregon has been shut out this season and the second time in the ASU series.
Oregon committed four errors in the game.