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ASU pulls out series win over Beavers

CORVALLIS — Oregon State is looking for a number of things after losing a Pac-12 series at home to unranked Arizona State.

Coach Pat Casey had a checklist that included fundamentals, hitting, relief pitching and on-field leadership after the Sun Devils' 7-3 win over the fourth-ranked Beavers Sunday at Goss Stadium.

After winning the Friday night opener 4-0, Oregon State lost 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday after taking a 2-1 lead into the ninth. On Sunday, Arizona State (12-10 overall, 3-3 in Pac-12 action) broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the eighth and three in the ninth.

"We didn't play very good baseball in any area the last two days," said Casey, whose Beavers fell to 19-5 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 play. "We didn't pitch (in relief), we didn't hit the ball, we didn't do the things you need to do to win games.

"We can't continue to expect our starting pitching to shut everybody out if we're going to compete in this league. We're a lot better offensive club than we're showing. Until (the players) decide they're tired of having pitchers wear them out day after day after day, they're going to have the same results."

Arizona State scored three runs off OSU starter Jace Fry (4-1) in the top of the sixth on Sunday, but the Beavers came back with three runs -- two of them scored when ASU second baseman Drew Stankiewicz let a routine ground ball go through his legs.

The Sun Devils regained the lead in the top of the eighth after Brian Serven led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. Stankiewicz's high chopper was fielded by first baseman Gabe Clark, whose high throw to the plate allowed Serven to score the winning run.

Arizona State, which had 11 hits, scored three insurance runs in the ninth off relievers Max Engelbrekt and Chandler Eden.

Fry allowed nine hits and four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

"Jace was fine," Casey said. "He didn't pitch as well as he can, didn't have his great stuff, but he competed."

Oregon State managed only six hits, two by third baseman Kavin Keyes. All of them were singles.

Right fielder Dylan Davis attributed OSU's problem at the plate to "approach and mentality."

"We were giving up at-bats, especially early when we could have gotten (ASU starter Darin Gillies) in some trouble. He left us some pitches to hit, and we didn't take advantage of them.

"It was a matter of not making adjustments, trying to do too much, trying to take pitches that are outside and pulling them, trying to get around the baseball instead of staying inside of it. We have to do a better job with all of that."

Casey was asked if the series loss will be a wakeup call to his players.

"They're 18- to-21-year-olds," he said. "They're going to wake up if they decide they want to wake up. They know how to play the game. They've been well-disciplined, well-trained. They've chosen to do it differently."

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