Baseball Weekend Recap

The 18th ranked Sun Devil baseball team opened the 2004 campaign against the Florida State Seminoles this past weekend at Packard Stadium. After two close wins on Friday and Saturday, ASU pulled out a convincing win on Sunday to start the season off 3-0 and earned a sweep over the Seminoles.


The 2004 season started off in thrilling fashion, as ASU squeaked out a win with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory. Florida State took 1-0 lead in the third inning after Aaron Cheesman scored off of a Stephen Drew single.

With one out in the ninth inning, Nick Walsh reached on a throwing error, and would advance to third after Dustin Pedroia doubled. The next hitter was Jeff Larish, who was intentionally walked. After Travis Buck struck out, Tuffy Gosewisch came through with the game winning double to give the Devils the win.

Senior starter Jeff Mousser had an outstanding debut in a Sun Devil debut as he compiled seven innings pitched while giving up just one run off of three hits, recording three strikeouts. Freshman Zechry Zinicola (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen after his one hit, no run performance the last two innings.

ASU stranded 12 runners in scoring position in the game. Pedroia and Josh Asanovich each recorded multi-hit games.


For the second time in as many games, the Devils won the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After falling behind early 7-0, ASU never gave up and capped the remarkable comeback with three runs, all with two outs in the inning.

Brett Bordes got the nod to start the second game of the season, but was shelled in two thirds of an inning of work, giving up six runs. Ty Marotz and Pat Cassa combined for two and two thirds innings pitched, allowing two runs. Erik Averill, in his newly assigned roll of long relief, pitched a solid five innings, giving up just one run off of four hits. Pat Bresnehan (1-0) earned the win for his two thirds of an inning of work.

After the 7-0 lead by FSU, Ryan McKenna, in his first at bat of the year, doubled down the left field line and scored off of a Colin Curtis groundout. ASU cut the lead to 7-4 in their half of the third after Pedroia, Larish, and Buck all crossed the plate. ASU added another run in the fourth, and Colin Curtis came through with his first homerun as a Devil in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 9-7.

Zechry Zinicola, who singled to centerfield, started the rally in the ninth inning. Josh Asanovich was hit by a pitch, and Colin Curtis came through once again with a double down the leftfield that tied the game up at 9. Curtis scored the game-winning run after Joe Persichina singled to centerfield.

Jeff Larish recorded his first two hits on the year with his two for four outing with two RBI's. Colin Curtis (three for five, three runs scored, four RBI's), Joe Persichina (three for four), and Zechry Zinicola, who went one for three, all recorded their first hits as Devils.


ASU polished off the series sweep with a resounding 12-6 win over FSU. In his Sun Devil debut, Jason Urquidez (1-0), collected the win, pitching five innings, allowing just one run off of six hits, while striking out six. Solid pitching out of the bullpen by Josh Blake (1.2 innings pitched) and Quentin Andes (2.1 IP and the save) gave the Devils the win bullpen help it needed to stop a Seminole rally.

ASU took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning after back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and Travis Buck. Pedroia scored off of Buck's double, and Buck scored off of a Nick Cadena single. Colin Curtis continued his hot streak from the Saturday game by singling up the middle to score Cadena. With a 3-1 lead, the Devils added four more runs in the fourth, highlighted by Josh Asanovich's double to left field, scoring three. ASU added another run in the fifth and sixth innings, and saw their lead cut down to 9-6 with five runs combined in the sixth and seventh innings for the Seminoles, but ASU added three more in their half of the seventh with another two out rally. Joe Persichina doubled down the right field line, and later came around to score on a Dustin Pedroia double. Pedroia would come around to score, along with Frank Mesa, after Travis Buck singled to centerfield.

Dustin Pedroia and Travis Buck each had multi-hit games. Pedroia went two for five with doubles, while Buck had his best game of this young season, with a three for three outing, with three runs scored and four RBI's.

ASU travels to the West Valley to host the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic in Surprise next Friday-Sunday. Other teams in the tournament include Cal State Northridge, Utah, and Oklahoma.

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