Devils Notch Series Opener Against Rival

The fourth ranked ASU baseball team opened up a three game series Friday night against rival Arizona and rallied to win the game 5-2. With the win, ASU improved to 48-12 on the season and moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a record of 14-8.

Starter Ben Thurmond pitched a solid game, giving up two runs off of five hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Carlos Arguello (3-0) earned the win in his 1 2/3 innings pitched, not giving up a run. He bailed Thurmond out in the seventh inning by retiring two straight Wildcats, with two on and one out. Ryan Schroyer came in to pitch the ninth inning, and earned his eighth save on the season.

Arizona took an early lead of 1-0 in the third inning, but the Devils would bounce back in the fifth inning when Jeff Larish scored on a wild pitch by Wildcat starter Richie Gardner. Down 2-1 in the sixth inning, Andre Ethier tripled to left center, scoring Dustin Pedroia. ASU put the game away in the eighth inning with a three run inning that was highlighted by Dennis Wyrick's two out single that scored Jeremy West. Two hitters later, Tuffy Gosewisch singled to left field, and the play scored Wyrick and Frank Mesa.

On the game, Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 15 games and Jeremy West extended his to 16 games. Larish, Gosewisch, and Travis Buck each recorded a multi-hit game on the evening.

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