Pitcher/infielder Aboites Secures Game 2 Win

Arizona State scored all its runs in the first three innings, and shut out Oklahoma State in the last five frames en route to a 5-3 win in the second game of their season opening series.

Arizona State got on the board first with an RBI by Jake Peevyhouse. Oklahoma Stateresponded quickly in the second when catcher Bryan Case hits a two-run double that made the score 2-1.

ASU carried over the momentum of into the second inning. Catcher Brian Serven got hit by a pitch, putting him on first base. Johnny Sewald then followed with a drag bunt, which led to Aboites big moment. Second baseman/pitcher, Aboites whacked a two-run triple making the score 3-2 in ASU’s favor.

In response to Aboites double, Oklahoma State pulled their starter Jon Perrin in the second inning and put in Tyler Buffet. Buffet however lets R.J Ybarra then hit a sacrifice fly off Buffet.

ASU batters quickly noticed that the Cowboys pitching staff favored throwing sliders. Aboites states, “We know that those guys like throwing sliders in any count, so we were trying to get on top of the ball a little better than we were yesterday, keep our approach simple, let the ball get deep and know they can’t beat us with anything.”

In the third inning, Trever Allen hit his first double of the season and with a man on second, Dalton Dinatale hits an RBI single making the score 5-2 in ASU’s favor.

Oklahoma State responded instantly in the fourth inning when Sluder hit a double to left field, pushing Arakawa to third. OSU’s Bradley hit a sacrifice fly, giving the Cowboys another run. The score now 5-3.

In the sixth inning, ASU retired Senior Ryan Kellogg, who earned the win, and brought Darin Gillies to mound. Kellogg worked five full innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. After Gillies gave up a walk, skipper Tracy Smith replaced him with second baseman and right hand pitcher Jordan Aboites.

Smith admits that he is still trying to figure out how to utilize the bullpen to its full potential in certain situations. Smith states, “I am asking players half the time, ‘Hey how is this guy in this situation?’ which is an odd thing to do.” Smith said, “I am finding this fine balance between what I am seeing with my own eyes and what they have done before.”

Junior closer Ryan Burr took the mound in the eighth inning. Once on the mound, Burr walked the first man he faced loading the bases.

Having the bases loaded, the odds seemed to be in Oklahoma States favor. Bases loaded and two outs, Gage Green hits the ball in between the pocket at first and second but Christopher Beall makes an incredible dive. Beall throws it to pitcher Ryan Burr who was covering first, ending the top of the eighth.

Burr pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 25th career save. This save ties him with Doug Nurnberg for most saves in Sun Devil history.

When asked about the save, Burr stated, “The main focus is winning as a team. If I’m getting saves, that means we are winning, that’s the main goal right now.”

Darin Gillies will be the starting pitcher for Game 3 as the Sun Devils fight to sweep the number five Cowboys; Game time is Sunday at 12:30 at Phoenix Muni.

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