Baseball Weekend Recap

In ASU's first home series in Pac-12 play for the 2012 season, the Sun Devils rallied to claim the three game set against California by winning two of the three weekend contests.

Friday was the Brady Rodgers show as the junior upped his perfect record to 4-0 on the season by tossing a complete game in ASU's 5-1 victory over the Golden Bears. Rodgers struck out six and allowed eight hits and the lone run by Cal and on the season, he has totaled 39 strikeouts in 48.0 innings pitched in six appearances.

Offensively, the Sun Devils' productivity was highlighted by the efforts of outfielder Andrew Aplin, with three hits and one RBI, and Abe Ruiz, who smacked his Pac-12 leading seventh home run of the season. Outfielder Trever Allen added a pair of hits while designated hitter James McDonald and third baseman Michael Benjamin each added an RBI.

On Saturday, the Devils missed a close opportunity to grasp a series win in two games as a ninth-inning rally fell short in ASU's 3-2 loss.

The Sun Devils had the bases loaded with Joey DeMichele at the plate, however he was ultimately unable to plate the tying or go-ahead runs for ASU.

Trevor Williams, who allowed all three runs but only one earned run, suffered his first loss of the season.

Third baseman Drew Stankiewicz was the Sun Devils' standout at the plate on the day, driving in both runs while batting 2-for-4. Catcher Beau Maggie also added a pair of hits, but the top four batters in the order for ASU, Andrew Aplin, Deven Marrero, Joey DeMichele and Abe Ruiz, collectively only hit 2-for-16 for the game.

A five-run sixth inning allowed the Sun Devils to claim the rubber game on Sunday, as ASU rallied from a 6-3 deficit to build an 8-3 lead. A solo home run by DeMichele would later propel the Devils to a 9-3 victory.

The top of ASU's batting order generally redeemed itself after a poor outing Saturday, with Aplin, Marrero and DeMichele combining to hit 6-of-12 with five RBI. Catcher Max Rossiter added three hits.

One of five pitchers used on the day, Robert Ravago earned his first victory as a Sun Devil with 1.1 innings of work. Darin Gillies started and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three earned runs, as did Alex Blackford who was roughed up in 0.2 innings of work as Gillies' initial replacement. Closer Jake Barrett notched his third save of the season after escaping the ninth inning unscathed.

ASU will host Cal State Fullerton for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday with both games set for a 6:30 p.m. start at Packard Stadium. The Devils will then take on Oregon in Pac-12 action in Eugene for a three-game weekend set.

All five games will be broadcast live on KDUS The Fan 1060 AM, with Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens on the call, and the two games against Cal State Fullerton will be webcast live on

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