Category Archives: Pac-12

Oregon State Beavers learn to fly out of Packard Stadium

Ryan Ortiz(Tempe, AZ) – Statistically Oregon State had the fewest runs, hits, runs batted in, home runs and total bases in the entire Pac-10, however on Saturday evening at Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark the Beavers padded their numbers as they defeated Arizona State 12 to 3. Joey Wong, Lonnie Lechelt and Jordan Lennerton all left the ballpark with men on base in front of them. While on the mound Tanner Robles was effective and the OSU defense turned three double plays to keep ASU humble.

Sophomore Ryan Ortiz paced the Beavers from the fifth spot in the lineup. He went 3 for 5 on the evening and scored twice.

The victory by OSU provides their first ever series win in Tempe, and is the Sun Devils first series loss at home since 2005.

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Oregon State hits Arizona State bullpen

Stutes(Tempe, AZ) – Trailing by three runs in the top of the ninth, Oregon State batted around and scored five runs against the Arizona State bullpen to take game one of this three game Pac-10 series, 6 to 4.  It was a pitchers duel early on Friday night as OSU starter Mike Stutes brought a no hitter into the eighth, while ASU starter Mike Leake gave up only one run through eight complete innings.

Stutes made the potent ASU offense look silly, striking out nine Devils on the evening.  But in the third inning Stutes had a slight hiccup as he hit Raoul Torrez in the back with a 2-2 pitch.  A pair of walks followed, while a Jason Kipnis sacrifice fly to left field tied the game at one.

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Arizona State’s Ike Davis injures right hamstring

Ike Davis(Tempe, AZ) – National Player of the Year candidate Ike Davis was really slow trying to get to first base after grounding out to the shortstop in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday night. Davis had barely gotten half way to first base by the time Oregon State had gone short to first to record the out.

Earlier in the game the entire Sun Devil team had gone out to warm up and ASU starter Mike Leake had already thrown all his warm up pitches by the time Davis made his way to first base. Continue reading

Small-town transfer finding success at ASU’s big-time program

Marcel ChampagnieEven with all that Marcel Champagnie has done for the 2008 ASU baseball team, coaches still pronounce his name like the liquor, and not as his family heritage stipulates.

The junior, “Shamp-Uh-Knee,” is hitting .375 and playing everyday at shortstop, feats that would seem to make nailing down his surname a nonissue. Champagnie just got tired of correcting people. 

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Battle of Dog Recaps on Monday


Gonzaga 18 Washington 3

SPOKANE, Wash. ( April 14, 2008) Seven Gonzaga University batters recorded multiple hits as the Bulldogs exploded for 18 hits to down visiting University of Washington 15-3 Monday night at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane. Jason Chatwood and Mark Castellitto led the brigade, recording three hits a piece.

Gonzaga (19-16, 2-6 WCC) starter Reedy Berg (2-2) earned the victory as the freshman allowed three runs on six his while striking out eight over 6.0 innings pitched. Reliever Andrew Danner earned his first career save as the rookie pitched 3.0 scoreless innings to end the game. UW (23-11) starter Geoff Brown (2-1) was tagged with the loss, allowin seven runs on eight hits in over 2.1 innings of work. Continue reading

Arizona State (16) + Washington State (13) = WOW (29)

ASU is victorious(Pullman, WA) – Down by five runs with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Marcel Champagnie hits a three run home run. With an 0-2 count and two outs, Ryan Sontag hits a two run home run to tie the ballgame. And after all the previous excitement, Ike Davis sends the first pitch he sees over the right field fence for a three run home run, resurrecting the Arizona State Sun Devils.

On Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field, Washington State and Arizona State competed in the rubber game of their three game Pac-10 series. Trading the lead back and forth all afternoon, ASU’s improbable eight run ninth proved too much to overcome, giving the Sun Devils the series with the 16 to 13 win.

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