Baseball Weekend Recap

After being rained out Friday night, the Sun Devil baseball team was unable to shake a cold streak this weekend, suffering a sweep to the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore.

With Friday's game postponed to create a doubleheader Saturday, junior ace Brady Rodgers took to the mound to attempt to up his perfect record to 5-0 on the season. Despite a fantastic effort by Rodgers, ASU was unable to mount any sort of offense and the Ducks handed Rodgers his first loss of the season, 1-0.

Rodgers went the distance with a spectacular effort in the loss, allowing the one earned run on only four hits with three strikeouts on the day. His pitching counterpart, Alex Keudell for the Ducks, also served a complete game performance, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Offensively, CF Andrew Aplin collected half of ASU's four hits with his 2-for-4 performance, while Joey DeMichele, playing second base, and LF James McDonald each added a hit.

The game remained tied into the sixth, when RF Aaron Jones knocked a solo home run out of PK Park for the Ducks.

Saturday's second game saw similarly limited offensive output from ASU, as the Devils fell to the Ducks 3-1.

Trevor Williams (5-2) earned the loss for ASU by giving up all three runs in seven innings, while Oregon's Jake Reed (2-2) picked up his second win of the season after holding the Sun Devils scoreless through 7.1 innings pitched.

DeMichele provided the lone run of the game for ASU, a solo home run in the ninth inning, his fifth homer of the season. RF Kasey Coffman batted 2-for-3, providing ASU's only multi-hit performance of the game.

On Sunday, ASU was unable to maximize a ninth-inning rally as a game-ending bases loaded strikeout gave Oregon a 4-3 victory and series sweep.

The Sun Devils were held scoreless until Aplin provided a seventh-inning RBI single, then the would-be rally began in the ninth with DeMichele's two-run single. From there, Deven Marrero singled and Abe Ruiz walked, to load the bases for freshman Nathaniel Causey, who struck out looking to end the game.

Darrin Gilles (0-3), still in search of his first collegiate win, allowed one run and earned the loss.

Oregon's Brando Tessar, a two-star football prospect at wide receiver that ASU recruited out of high school, upped his record to 4-0 on the year after pitching 6.1 scoreless innings.

ASU (16-12 overall, 3-6 in Pac-12) currently ranks in the conference standings tied with Utah for eighth among the 11 Pac-12 baseball teams.

The Sun Devils home for a three-game series with Oregon State Thursday-Saturday. Game one on Thursday, which is being broadcast on a tape delay by Fox Sports Arizona, is set for a 6:30 p.m. start. The Cory Hahn Fund 50/50 raffle, with ASU's portion of the raffle going to Cory's fund, will continue on Friday's game, slated for a 6:30 p.m. start. First pitch for Saturday's contest will be at 12:30 p.m.

All three games will be on KDUS The Fan Am 1060 with Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens on the call, while Friday and Saturday's games will also be streamed live on FoxSportsArizona.com.


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