Ryan Burr Enters History books in win

Seth Martinez tossed six innings allowing just three runs and Ryan Burr sets a school record for saves with 26, as Arizona State notches a 7-4 comeback win at home versus Oklahoma.

Arizona State Head Coach Tracy Smith applauded Seth Martinez’s pitching, in particular his assertiveness.

“I loved the fact that he was aggressive in the strike zone,” Smith said. “It’s tough to defend a walk. I thought (Martinez) did a really good job of making a statement that he wants to be that No. 3 guy, he was pounding the strike zone and changing speeds.”

In the top of the third, an error by Colby Woodmansee followed by a home run by Oklahoma’s Sheldon put the Sooners ahead 3-0. In the bottom of that frame a Joey Bielek hits an RBI single and plates Johnny Sewald as the Sun Devils get on the board. The hosts tacked on another run in the fourth when Brian Serven drove in Trever Allen.

The Sooners scored their last run of the night in the top of the seventh, which was promptly answered with a five-run explosion by ASU. Singles by Jake Peevyhouse and Chris Beall began a six-hit inning for the Sun Devils. An RBI double by Allen to right field followed by a two-out RBI double by Colby Woodmansee put ASU ahead with a three-run lead and coupled with the aforementioned strong pitching performances sealed the game’s fate.

Closer Ryan Burr ended the ninth inning by making ASU baseball history with the most career saves at 26.

“Going into the seventh inning when Woody broke it open,” Burr recalled, “I was just focused on trying to help the team from the dugout—getting guys going, keeping the energy up, just trying to get us back in the game. Then Woody knocked that double down the line and immediately it was second nature. I just ran down to the pen to see if I was going in or not and once I started throwing, I was thinking, ‘This could be the night.’ There were a lot of emotions in it.”

“I think he’s bigger and stronger now,” Smith said of Woodmansee’s performance at the plate. “He’s really dedicated himself in the offseason to getting himself physically ready. One of our sayings in our program is, ‘you don’t know how good you can be until you get your Temple in shape. But also, he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now. One of the things we’ve tried to do is say ‘Shortstop is yours now go play.’ I think when guys settle in like that—he’s playing with a lot of physical talent and a lot of confidence.”

Next up for the Sun Devils is a three-game series against #1 TCU this weekend.

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