Devils fall short in game 3

Arizona State was unable to get the sweep over Oklahoma State, as they were edged by the Cowboys 9-8.

"Those three ball games could have gone either way," Smith said. "To come out of here two out of three against a good opponent, we're not satisfied but it sure beats the alternative. From a fan perspective, this is great move (to Phoenix Muni) and a good thing for ASU and our community. Everybody did a fantastic job on a first run."

In the third inning, the Cowboys’ offense dominated, scoring six runs. Senior Darin Gillies started the third inning by hitting Corey Hassel with a pitch. Chappell hit a sacrifice bunt advancing Hassel to second. Gillies then hit another player, Gage Green, putting another player on base. Arakawa steps up to the plate and hits a RBI double, running Hassel into home, making the score 1-0. Gillies then walked a third player, Conor Costello making the bases loaded with only one out. Next in the rotation was Dustin Williams, who hit a two RBI single through the right side making the score 3-0, with Costello in a scoring position.

After Oklahoma State scored three runs, Gillies was relieved by Eder Erives. Erives walks Jon Littell, advancing Williams to second and Costello to third. Oklahoma State’s Kevin Bradley flew out to center field, bringing Costello home. Sophomore Ryan Sluder continued the Cowboys momentum by hitting a two run RBI double to left field making the score 6-0, with two outs. Erives ended the inning striking out Hassel.

The 6-0 deficit did not sideline the ASU baseball squad. With one out, Junior R.J. Ybarra hit a solo home run. Gerhart walks soon after. Woodmansee then hit a double down the left field line advancing Gerhart to third. With still only one out, David Greer stepped up to the plate and hit a single down the first base line, pushing Woodmansee to third, and scoring Gerhart. Cerbo reaches first base on a fielder’s choice, getting Greer out at second and driving Woodmansee home, cutting the lead in half 6-3.

Oklahoma State responds to ASU’s gains in the top of the 5th and sophomore Kevin Bradley hit a two RBI homerun, boosting their lead 8-3.

ASU did not lose hope and fights back when Peevyhouse hits a double to center field, driving Ybarra and Allen to home plate. Peevyhouse later attempts to steal home plate, but gets tagged out, ending the fifth inning. Score now 8-5.

It was a close call for Peevyhouse being tagged out at home plate. Coach Smith states, “What I believe I saw is that he got his hand in and he missed him and the catcher went back a couple times to tag him,” Smith said. “It’s a judgment call, tough, things are happening very quickly for everybody out there and the call didn’t go our way that time.”

Top of the sixth, Oklahoma State’s Chappell flied out to center field. Gage Green then whacks the ball down the right field getting a double. Green gets caught stealing giving the Cowboys their second out. Arakawa then hit a single down the right field line, and advances to second on a wild pitch. Costello hit an RBI single, and advanced to second on an error made by Peevyhouse. Shortly after, Peevyhouse redeems himself catching a pop fly hit by Williams, which ends the frame.

Serven starts off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left field. Cowboys then relieved Cobb with Hackerott who immediately strikes out Sewald. Aboites next up at bat hit an RBI single driving Serven home. Aboites quickly steals second base as Hackerott throws a wild pitch. Aboites advances to third after Bielek hit a single to left field, still only one out. In hopes to obtain outs Oklahoma State changes pitchers again, putting Battenfield on the mound. Allen hits a sacrifice fly ball out to centerfield, Aboites scores making the score 9-7.

Woodmansee goes yard for his second time this year in the bottom of the 7th making the score 9-8.

Top of the eight, OSU had the bases loaded. Pitcher Seth Martinez threw balls that ended up being a pop fly and a ground out to shortstop Chris Beall, quickly ending the frame.

"The important thing is that they competed," Smith said. "I don't think there was a fear or timidness to them and I think that's where we've got to get to. Whatever happens, whatever the result, you've just got to let it hang, let it go and I think both those guys did that."

In the ninth inning was quick for ASU and OSU, only three batters for both teams appeared at the plate

"Our thing is the score shouldn't dictate how you play and I thought it didn't for the most part. I thought we continued to battle but unfortunately just didn't get it done," Smith said. "I'm still learning the staff is still learning about our personnel and the only way we're going to do that is to see our guys in competition.

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