Arizona State Beats Beavers 11-0

By Doug Kroll - February 24, 2008


This isn't the game we were hoping for, but at the same time, Arizona State has showed this weekend that they are the No. 1 team in the country. The Sun Devils move to 3-0 with today's 11-0 win over the two-time defending national champs, as the Beavers head back to Corvallis at 1-2.

For Oregon State coach Pat Casey, he knows better days are ahead for his team. Playing three tough ball clubs to start the year can only help a young team, and on Sunday he was able to use five freshmen pitchers.

While freshman starter Greg Peavey struggled, lasting only a third of an inning giving up 7 runs (4 ER) on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out none, other freshmen got a chance as well, including Josh Osich.

As for Arizona State's freshman starter, Seth Blair picked up his first collegiate win by tossing 4 innings of shutout ball, while allowing 3 hits, striking out 2 and walking none. Jason Franzblau, a transfer from Winthrop, made his first Sun Devils appearance, going 2 innings giving up only 1 hit, 1 walk, no runs and striking out 3.

Brett Wallace continued his tear at the plate for ASU, going 2-for-5 again in the leadoff spot while knocking in a run on a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Wallace finished the weekend with 3 long balls and 9 RBI.

Shortstop Marcel Champagnie was solid as well, with a bases loaded double today which wrapped up a strong first weekend in an ASU uniform. Not bad for a kid that was told by coach Murphy at the end of the fall that they may not have much playing time and should start looking for another place to play.

By the end of last week, Champagnie was named the starting shortstop thanks to some lobbying by assistant coach Andy Stankowitz, who coaches the infielders.

On that note, Murph said Stankowitz will get some sleep tonight thanks to his squad committing no errors for the first time this weekend, after putting up a 6 spot in that category on Saturday against Vanderbilt.

While early games should be sloppy, Oregon State has some work to do for sure. Four errors today didn't help things for a freshman pitcher on the mound, and things just unraveled from there.

Next up for the two teams, Oregon State travels back to the Northwest to face another tough team in Georgia, as the two teams will play at PGE Park in Portland. That should be one of the better series of the weekend.

For Arizona State, they'll host another tournament. The Sun Devils play Michigan on Friday here in Tempe, before facing Hawai'i, Michigan and Portland in Surprise, Arizona.

The big winner this weekend, obviously Arizona State. If they aren't No. 1 in everyone's polls this week, not sure what else they have to do. They put up 36 runs against some quality pitching staffs, while allowing only 6 in an error-filled contest yesterday.

Vanderbilt and Oregon State have to feel like they could have done more out here. Of course it didn't help that Vandy was missing Pedro Alvarez the last two days, as he completely changes the look and feel of the Commodores' lineup...A LOT. A big comeback win today against Miami (Ohio) should propel them after going 2-1 this weekend.

Oregon State knew this was going to be a different team than the last couple of years. And it is. Right now they are lacking some spark at the plate, but the talent is there, especially in the starting rotation. And not to mention the tremendous job by the freshmen out of the Beavers' bullpen. If they'd like to keep that up, they'll have a shot. We also have to remember that OSU didn't dominate everyone they played last season. After all, they went just 10-14 in Pac-10 play in 2007.

As for Miami, they weren't favored in any game this weekend, so the fact that they went 0-3 shouldn't surprise anyone. The fact that they stayed competitive in all 3 games should say something about what this team is capable of doing in the MAC this year. They pitched some solid baseball, and had timely hitting, and should make a lot of noise down the road. That loss to Vanderbilt may hurt about on the flight back to Oxford, but better days are ahead as well for the RedHawks.

That'll do it from the 2008 DeMarini Invitational here in Tempe, Arizona. It was a great start to the college baseball season, and who knows, we may see some of these same teams in the final tournament of the year in Omaha.

G'night everybody.

Posted by Doug Kroll at 08:14 PM on February 24, 2008
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