Delaware upsets ASU in series opener

It was an inning to forget for Jake Barrett and ASU. The sophomore right hander was touched for six runs in the second inning and the Sun Devils' bats never got going as Delaware handed No. 9 ASU its first loss of the season, 7-3 at Packard Stadium.

It has been a long week for the Sun Devils, after freshman Cory Hahn suffered a severe neck injury last weekend.

"I'm not kidding you, it's been a tough week," ASU head coach Tim Esmay said. "We've had good practices and the sanctuary is you're out on the field for three hours and you play baseball.

It's a hurting group, and we're in the healing process with Cory. But tonight they showed up at the ballpark, and they were ready to play."

The Sun Devils ran into a Blue Hens squad that came to play.

With one out in the second, Barrett allowed a base hit to Chris Branigan and walked Logan Gallagher to start UD's big inning.

Aaron Mascoe started the scoring with an RBI double down the right field line and an RBI groundout by Dave Anderson made it 2-0.

DJ Long followed with a single back up the middle to plate yet another run.

It looked as if Barrett was going to limit the damage to just three runs, but shortstop Deven Marrero dropped a pop up that would have ended the inning.

Instead, the lead doubled.

A run scored on the error and Jimmy Yezzo rubbed more salt into the wounds by singling home two more to make it a 6-0 game.

Yezzo drove in another run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, ASU wasn't having any luck at the plate.

UD starter Eric Young was no-hitting ASU until Matt Newman broke it up in the fourth inning.

The Sun Devils got on the board in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Aplin that played Joey DeMichele, who led off the inning with a double and moved up to third on a throwing error.

Another throwing error by the Blue Hens allowed another ASU run to cross the plate in the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to 7-2.

ASU got a bit closer in the eighth on an RBI single by Marrero and the sophomore had a chance to be the hero in the ninth inning.

The Sun Devils loaded the bases and brought Marrero to the plate as the tying run, but he grounded into a fielder's choice to end the ballgame.

Despite the loss, there was a bright spot for ASU.

Freshman Mark Lambson relieved Barrett and tossed five shutout and hitless innings, allowing just one walk in his collegiate debut.

"I was talking to Brady Rodgers in the bullpen before I went out, and he said just pound the zone, get ahead early with strikes and listen to [Austin] Barnes because he knows what he's doing back there," Lambson said. "I listened to his advice, and it worked out pretty well."

With three games left this weekend, Lambson kept the bullpen fresh by finishing the game.

"He did a great job," Esmay said. "That was a huge lift for us. To do what he did allows us to be in pretty good shape."

Barrett got the start on Friday night because sophomore right hander Brady Rodgers will be held out this weekend as a precaution, after suffering arm stiffness following last weekend's start against New Mexico.

Everyone else will get bumped up in the rotation to fill Rodgers slot, meaning Kyle Ottoson and Kramer Champlin will start in tomorrow's doubleheader.

Honoring Hahn

ASU wore Hahn's number 34 on its wristbands and hats on Friday night, but Esmay decided to honor him in a different way.

Esmay started Hahn as the team's designated hitter and the freshman was introduced during pregame introductions and when his slot came up in the batting order.

After he was announced to hit, DeMichele pinch hit for him.

"Cory's on our team," Esmay said. "I felt tonight it was just another opportunity for the fans to know that he's alright and still with us. Nobody likes to leave the field on a stretcher so this was a good opportunity to kind of be back into what he's all about."

Time Change

ASU has changed the start time of the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday to noon, in order to try and get both games in before the expected storm on Sunday.

Game two will start 45 minutes following the conclusion of game one.


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