Devils Impressive in Regional Opener

The first seeded ASU baseball team opened up regional play Friday night with a convincing 14-2 win over fourth seeded Central Connecticut State at Diablo Stadium in front of 3,305 fans. The ASU win means they will face New Mexico State on Saturday at 2pm.

Starter Mark Sopko pitched a solid first couple innings, giving up two runs in four innings, but would be relieved by Jered Liebeck after the bases were loaded in the fifth inning. Liebeck (8-0) stopped a CCSU rally, while pitching two innings and earning the win. Javy Lopez saw time out of the bullpen, pitching the last three innings.

Three Blue Devil errors in the first two innings allowed ASU to take a quick lead that would never be challenged. Nick Walsh would be the first Devil to cross the plate, after earlier advancing on an error. Jeremy West also scored to give ASU a quick 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Dustin Pedroia doubled after a Tuffy Gosewisch single to start a Devil rally that lead to three runs. ASU added three more runs in the third inning, keyed by an Andre Ethier single that scored Pedroia and Gosewisch. After a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning, and a run by Dennis Wyrick off of a sacrifice fly, ASU had a 10-2 lead. In the seventh inning, Wyrick hit his fourth triple on the season scoring two more runs. Pedroia and Ethier each lead ASU with three hits apiece, while Pedroia had three runs scored and Ethier had three RBI's.

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