ASU drops series to TCU

ASU’s Darin Gillies tossed 5.1 innings and allowed two unearned runs on just four hits, and two walks and five strikeouts. Yet that wasn’t enough on Sunday afternoon as the no. 1 Horned Frogs edged the Sun Devils 3-2 and win the three-game series.

“I thought Darin did a tremendous job,” ASU head coach Tracy Smith said. “We had a couple critical mistakes. When you’re playing a team that’s not going to beat themselves, you can’t have that.”

Sun Devils started off strong when R.J. Ybarra hit a leadoff homerun in the second inning with no outs. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils they can’t keep the momentum going and go down in order the rest of the frame.

The first error was made by the Sun Devils in the third inning. TCU reached first base on a throwing made by Colby Woodmansee. Tying up the game 1-1.

The Sun Devils register another leadoff homer as David Greer?? went yard in the third to left field, but once again ASU cannot add runs on the board and held a slim 2-1 lead.

Another Sun Devil error took place in the sixth inning after Tucker Baca was put on the mound to relieve Gillies. Baca attempt to pickoff the runner at second, but goes awry and TCU evens up the contest.

“We saw a freshman make a big time freshman mistake in a crucial thing (situation)” said Coach Smith, “But the thing we have to take from losses is you got to learn from those and make sure they don’t happen again. Tucker Baca is a good pitcher, what he has to get better on is exactly the stuff what happened today. The only way to get better is to be in those situations.”

Tensions rose in the seventh inning as Smith contested two calls that went against the Sun Devils. The first call was when Trever Allen got picked off with runners on first and third with no outs. The second call was a strike three call on a full count with Brian Serven at bat. Smith came out of the dugout voicing his displeasure again and consequently was ejected from the game.

“(Allen) didn’t get to the bag, it’s whether (the third baseman) was blocking the bag or not,” Smith said. “I take a lot of pride in not (overreacting). That’s too crucial of a time… We had our best hitter (coming to) the plate with the game on the line. I’m a competitor, and our kids are competitors. To sit back and see that on our own field? Not acceptable.”

ASU missed another opportunity to score in the eighth inning. Sewald and Aboites ground out to start the frame. ASU gets back-to-back singles hit by Woodmansee and Freshman Andrew Snow. With runners on the corners, ASU strands the runners by getting a third out when Chris Bealls grounds out to third base.

In the ninth, Jordan Aboites walked TCU’s left fielder Evan Williams. Closer Ryan Burr enters the game, but an RBI by Cody Jones punches a single RBI through the left side plating Evan Williams for the last score of the afternoon.

“We throw strikes, and we pitch, and if we clean up a couple things defensively, I think we are going to play with and beat any team in the country,” Smith said. “Baseball is a crazy game, not only do you have to be good you got to be a little lucky too. I like this club; I think we have a chance to do some things. If we clean it up defensively, which we will we will be in a position to win a lot of baseball games.

“We’re going to find a way to win a lot of baseball games. We’re one of the best teams in the country and we’re going to find a way to get it done.”

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