Baseball Weekend Recap

ASU faced Washington State this past weekend at Packard Stadium and swept the Cougars, two victories coming in the way of commanding shutouts. With the three wins, ASU improved to 42-9 on the year and moved into a tie for first place with Stanford.

Friday

In the first game of the three game series, ASU routed the Washington State Cougars in a football like score, 21-0. Starter Beau Vaughan (7-3) lasted six innings, giving up three hits and striking out eight. Robbie McClellan and Javy Lopez combined to pitch the last three innings, giving up three hits, giving ASU its seventh shutout on the season.

The score was relatively close with a 4-0 ASU lead in the sixth inning when the Devils erupted for 12 runs. The inning saw 15 Devils come to the plate, as they pounded out seven hits, lead by Jeff Larish's team leading 15th homerun. Tuffy Gosewisch drove in two when he recorded his fifth double of the year. After adding a run in the seventh to take a 17-0 lead, Ryan Bosch led off the eighth inning with his fourth homerun of the year. Jeremy West hit his 10th homerun of the year in the fifth inning. Frank Mesa, Steve Garrabrants, and Dustin Pedroia each led the team with a three-hit game. Larish lead the team with four RBI's, while Mesa, Garrabrants, and Gosewisch each had three.

Saturday

Starter Jered Liebeck had a solid outing, pitching seven innings, and giving up a run off of three hits. Ryan Schroyer had an uncharacteristic showing out of the bullpen, giving up two runs while pitching the eighth and ninth innings. Carlos Arguello (2-0) earned the win, while only pitching 2/3 of an inning.

ASU took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jeff Larish singled, scoring Pedroia. The Devils added two more runs in the third when Andre Ethier tripled to left center, scoring Nick Walsh and Ethier would score after Larish grounded out to third base. Washington State rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 3-3, but in the bottom of the tenth inning, Jeremy West hit his 11th home run of the year to give ASU the 5-3 win. Andre Ethier, Jeremy West, and Travis Buck all had multi-hit games on the day.

Sunday

ASU, for the second time in three nights, humiliated the Cougars in front of the home crowd, 25-0. ASU scored a season high for runs and hits (24) in the game.

Starter Ben Thurmond (5-0) earned the win for his outing of four innings giving up just one hit. Five other Devils combined to pitch the last five innings, combining for just two hits.

Jeremy West had what could possibly be called one of the best offensive nights in ASU history. He went five for seven and hit three home runs and had nine RBI's to lead ASU's offensive surge. His grand slam in the third inning gave ASU it's 11th of that kind of the year, one within the NCAA record. ASU lead off the game with 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back while 15 hitters pounded out nine hits. Nick Walsh also had a career game, going six for six with seven RBI's while scoring five runs. Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, and Rod Allen also recorded multi-hit games. After the 10 runs first inning, ASU did not slow down, scoring six more runs in the second.

ASU takes a break from Pac-10 play this weekend and faces Oklahoma on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The Devils already took two out of three from the Sooners earlier this year at Packard Stadium.

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