Chris Beatty, who was credited with the loss, made his starting debut for ASU and as mentioned was roughed up early and often. Overall, the freshman lasted only one inning giving up four runs, three hits and issuing two walks. Beatty's teammates could only muster five hits tonight, while facing an efficient Shockers defense that tallied three double plays. Sophomore Mark Sopko stopped the bleeding by not giving up a run in five innings pitched. Senior Bryce Kartler had a solid showing himself. In his two innings of play he struck out four, and gave up a lone hit.
In the fourth inning ASU stopped the drought scoring their first run, but would not score again until the eighth. While the Devils recorded a season-low eight hits, there were some bright spots. Dustin Pedroia established a new personal record with his 22nd multi-hit game of the year, and Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to five games.
Coach Murphy's team fell to 31-3 on the year, with all three losses coming at the hands of nationally ranked teams. The Sun Devils open conference play this weekend hosting fellow Pac-10 powerhouse the sixth ranked Stanford Cardinal. The series starts Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium, and continues Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 4:30 p.m.
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