ASU Bounces Back to Sweep Doubleheader

On Friday night, ASU didn't get great starting pitching and couldn't buy a clutch hit and as a result, fell for the first time in 2011. On Saturday, it was the opposite.

The Sun Devils (5-1) got solid starting pitching from Kyle Ottoson and Kramer Champlin and clutch hitting from Zach Wilson and Johnny Ruettiger, sweeping Delaware 9-2 and 10-2 in a doubleheader at Packard Stadium.

It was the Zach Wilson show in game one, as the junior first baseman finished 5-for-5 at the plate, including three doubles and four RBI's.

Wilson became the first Sun Devil since Ike Davis in 2007 to have three doubles in one game.

ASU got on the board first in the opening inning on a back-to-back two out doubles by Riccio Torrez and Wilson.

The Blue Hens (2-4) got to Ottoson in the third inning, scoring on an RBI double by Steve Ulaky and manufactured a run on a RBI groundout by Hank Yates to take a 2-1 lead.

Abe Ruiz gave the Sun Devils the lead for good in the fourth inning on a double to left center that scored a pair.

Wilson added an RBI double in the fifth and sixth innings and also drove in a run with a single in the eighth inning.

After the third inning, Ottoson was on.

The junior allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings of work and struck out eight to earn his second win of the season.

Freshman Trevor Williams worked the final two innings and didn't allow a base runner. If game one belonged to Wilson offensively, game two was Ruettiger's.

Ruettiger put ASU up 2-0 in the second inning of game two with a triple to left center. Ruettiger then scored on an RBI groundout by Zack MacPhee to make it a 3-0 game.

In the fourth inning, Ruettiger's infield single plated Austin Barnes to stretch the lead to 4-0.

After Andy Workman's two run double made it 6-0 in the fifth inning, Ruettiger doubled home his fourth run of the game.

Meanwhile, Champlin was cruising on the mound.

Champlin improved to 2-0 on the season, going six scoreless innings, striking out six.

Josh Moody took over on the hill in the seventh inning and ran into trouble, walking the bases loaded. After giving up a pair of runs, Moody gave way to Mitchell Lambson, who got out of the jam without any further damage.

Lambson worked an inning and a third of scoreless baseball and Joseph Lopez pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the victory.

Wilson finished the day 7-for-10 at the plate and Ruettiger had five hits.

ASU and Delaware will finish their four game series on Sunday at Packard Stadium. First pitch is at 12:30PM with Alex Blackford getting the ball for the Sun Devils.


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