Walk-Off Home Run Nets ASU Debut 2015 Win

On Friday the 13th an historic day turned into a dramatic win for the Arizona State baseball team. In the bottom of the 10th, Sun Devil shortstop sophomore shortstop Colby Woodmansee had a walk-off home run to beat Oklahoma State 4-3.

“I was looking for a pitch to hit, and he hung a slider,” Woodmansee said. “Next thing I know, I was getting the crap beat out of me.”

Friday night’s affair was certainly an exciting home opener. Oklahoma State and Arizona State were engaged in a pitching duel between junior Brett Lilek and senior Tyler Nurdin, and runs were nearly impossible to come by.

Brett Lilek on the mound started the game off strong with a 1-2-3 in the first inning. Johnny Sewald led off with a single. A pitch hits Coltin Gerhart, while Trever Allen and R.J. Ybarra failing to get a run right after.

In the third inning, both Johnny Sewald and Coltin Gerhart got on base with a single. Trever Allen reached on an error by the third baseman. With the bases loaded, the designated hitter RJ Ybarra struck out swinging.

In the fourth inning, ASU drew first blood. Colby Woodmansee singled to left sending in Joey Bielek. Dalton DiNatale then hits an RBI double to right field, scoring Woodmansee giving ASU a 2-0 lead.

That advantage did not last long. Cowboys’ Corey Hassle hits a double off of Lilek, which then ties the game up 2-2 in the fifth inning.

Soon after the Cowboys took the lead in the sixth when Kevin Bradley singles to left plating Conor Costello. Bradley later attempts to extend his team’s lead by scoring on a single, but Trever Allen makes a long throw to catcher Brian Serven, tagging him out at home plate.

In the bottom of the eighth, Aboites comes up clutch and hits a double RBI, running Sewald in, tying up the game 3-3.

In the ninth inning, Ryan Burr steps on to the mound relieving Hever Bueno. Burr struggles in the beginning giving a walk to OSU’s Jon Littell and a double play to Bradley. However, Burr redeemed himself by striking out the next three hitters he faced.

Even with ASU’s inconsistent pitching, head coach Tracy Smith states, “I thought we pitched to the situation of the game”

With a three up, three down from Burr, ASU could not keep the momentum while at bat. OSU’s closer Koda Glover also pitched a 1-2-3.

In the top of the 10th, Trever Allen proceeded to make another good play by letting a foul pop-fly drop. Then letting Burr strike out two more players.

Smith stated that Allen’s play “was a very heady play. We were saying ‘let it go’ but I don’t think he heard us. I think it was just his baseball instincts, a very intelligent play on his part.”

“It’s exciting to get people excited about baseball again at Arizona State,” Burr added.

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