Baseball Weekend Recap

The fourth ranked ASU baseball team faced UCLA this past weekend at Packard Stadium and dropped two out of three to the Bruins. With the series loss, the Devils fell to 39-9 on the year and 7-5 in the Pac-10.

Thursday

Starter Erik Averill was roughed up in his two and two thirds innings pitched. He gave up five runs off of six hits in the outing. Beau Vaughan (6-3) was strapped with the loss, even after striking out 10 and giving up four runs. Ryan Schroyer and Brett Bordes combined to pitch the ninth inning, not giving up a run.

The Devils once against exploded in the first inning, scoring four. Dustin Pedroia drove in two with a double to center field, scoring Travis Buck and Nick Walsh. Pedroia would score on a fielding error, and Jeff Larish added the fourth run when Dennis Wyrick grounded out. UCLA would take a 5-4 lead, but in the bottom of the third, Tuffy Gosewisch hit his first career homerun to give ASU a one run lead. Andre Ethier would score on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. After a rare 8-5-4 double play cost the Devils a run in the eighth inning to take the lead, UCLA added two runs in the ninth, and an ASU rally fell short after scoring just one run, and UCLA won the game 9-8. Andre Ethier led the Devils in the game with a four for five night.

Friday

Starter Robbie McClellan lasted just three innings, giving up four runs and six hits. Brett Borders (1-1) was tagged with the loss after pitching the eighth inning, giving up one run. Jered Liebeck, Ryan Schroyer, and Carlos Arguello all saw time out of the bullpen.

UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but ASU would reclaim the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Tuffy Gosewisch and Nick Walsh scored on wild pitches and Mike Guerrero singled, scoring Jeff Larish. In the fifth inning ASU tied the game up when Guerrero came up with his second RBI of the game, scoring Pedroia. In the bottom of the 11th, Andre Ethier hit his third home run of the year. UCLA added two more runs in the top of the 13th, and ASU's rally would come up unsuccessful for the second straight night when they could only put together one run and lost 8-7. Frank Mesa and Mike Guerrero each had three hit games, and Nick Walsh, Andre Ethier, and Dennis Wyrick had multi-hit games too.

Saturday

Starter Ben Thurmond (4-0) had his best outing of the year, with a one run, five hit performance in seven innings pitched to bounce the Devils back after two straight disappointing losses. Bryce Kartler and Mark Sopko each pitched an inning apiece, not giving up a hit.

The Devils started the game off hot again when Andre Ethier hit his second homerun of the series and fourth on the year, driving in three runs in the first inning. After leading, 4-0, the Devils added four runs in the third inning, highlighted by Travis Buck's third home run this season. Jeff Larish hit his fourth grand slam and 14th home run on the year in the eighth inning, which set a team record for grand slams in a season, previously held by Dave Hudgens in 1978. ASU pounded out 21 hits in the 17-1 win. Dustin Pedroia and Jeremy West had four hits a piece to lead the Devils. Pedroia also hit his 28th double this year, just two behind the single season record

ASU hosts Washington State next weekend at Packard Stadium to continue the Pac-10 season.

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