Baeball Weekend Recap

The 16th ranked Sun Devil baseball team hosted the Coca Cola Spring Training Classic this past weekend in Surprise. After two solid wins on Friday and Saturday, ASU surrendered its first loss of the year after OU shut them out 6-0. Oklahoma's effort was the first time ASU had been shut out in 506 games. ASU is now 5-1 on the year.


ASU opened up the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic with a 13-3 victory over Cal-State Northridge. Jeff Mousser had another solid pitching performance, lasting six and one thirds innings, fanning six while giving up three runs off of four hits. Relief pitcher Erik Averill (1-0) earned the win, after another shutdown performance. He pitched the last two and two thirds innings, not allowing a run or a hit.

ASU took a quick lead in the bottom of the first inning after back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and Travis Buck, in which Pedroia scored. CSUN added a run in both the second and third innings, and ASU tied the game up in the fourth inning when Colin Curtis scored off of a Josh Asanovich groundout. ASU took a 3-2 lead after Pedroia doubled to right center, scoring Curtis for the second time in the game. After a run by the Matadors in the top of the seventh tied the game up, ASU took the lead for good after a three run inning, which saw Joel Bocchi, Frank Mesa, and Tuffy Gosewisch score. In the eighth inning, ASU added seven more runs, keyed by Chris Cook's double that scored two runs. The hit by Cook was his first as a Devil.

Pedroia went three for four in the game with two doubles for his fourth and fifth on the year. In his first start of the year, Joel Bocchi went two for four with two runs scored. Colin Curtis was the third Devil in the game to have a multi-hit game, going three for four.


ASU squared off against Utah on Saturday, and won in convincing fashion, 11-0. Starting pitcher Jason Urquidez (2-0) earned the win after six innings of scoreless pitching. Ty Marotz pitched two innings, while Travis Webb pitched the ninth inning, both giving up just one hit.

ASU took the lead for the second straight game in the first inning after a Tuffy Gosewisch single scored Pedroia and Buck. Joel Bocchi crossed the plate after a fielder's choice to give ASU a 3-0 lead. The Devils added two runs in both the third and fourth innings, and scored four more in the fifth, highlighted by Dustin Pedroia's single, that scored Asanovich and Gosewisch.


ASU was pitted against Oklahoma in the last game of the Coca Cola Spring Training Classic. OU won the game 6-0, and ended the Devils streak of 506 straight games in which they scored.

Pat Cassa (0-1) took the loss, after a decent outing. He pitched five and one thirds innings, giving up three runs and five hits. Pat Bresnehan pitched one third of an inning, while Quentin Andes gave up one run in his one and one thirds innings pitched. Brett Bordes came in and pitched the eighth and ninth innings.

Offensively, ASU was shutdown by OU starter David Purcey. ASU only had four hits, and had its best opportunity to score in the ninth inning with bases loaded. Jeff Larish, Gosewisch, Curtis, and Joe Persichina each had singles in the game. ASU was last shut out by USC on April 7, 1995.

ASU faces Gonzaga on Monday at Packard Stadium, and then heads to Houston next weekend to play in the Coca-Cola Classic, which also includes Lamar, Memphis, and #1 ranked Rice.

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