Baseball Weekend Recap

The 16th ranked ASU baseball team traveled to Houston this past weekend and participated in the Coca-Cola Classic. After a loss to Lamar on Friday, the Devils won the last two games of the tournament over Memphis and host-school Rice. The Devils are now 8-2 on the year.


ASU opened up the Coca-Classic against Lamar University. Starter Jeff Mousser pitched four and one thirds innings, giving up three runs off of six hits, striking out three. ASU took a quick lead in the first inning after Dustin Pedroia hit his first homerun on the year and sixth of his career. Travis Buck would add another run after stealing home in the inning. The Devils extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning after Seth Dhaenens, in his first career start at third base, doubled to right center, scoring Joe Persichina.

Lamar added two runs in the fourth inning, and another in the fifth to tie the game up at three. Erik Averill came in relief for Mousser in the fifth inning, and ended the Cardinal's inning after 3B Adrian Cantu hit into a double play. ASU scored for the second time in the game on stealing home when Colin Curtis did so in the eighth inning, to give ASU a 4-3 lead.

Zechry Zinicola (1-1) pitched the eighth inning, and was handed with the loss after he gave up two runs to give Lamar the 5-4 win.

Pedroia went three for five with one RBI and one run scored. Tuffy Gosewisch was the only other Devil with a multi-hit game, going two for four.


ASU got back to their winning ways with a 7-0 victory over Memphis. For the sixth time this season, ASU scored in the first inning. The three runs they scored started off with back-to-back singles by Pedroia and Travis Buck. After Jeff Larish grounded out, Zinicola grounded out to score Pedroia. Curtis then hit his second home run of the year, scoring Buck and himself.

Gosewisch scored in the fourth inning off of a Pedroia single after he doubled to open the inning and it gave ASU a 4-0 lead. ASU added two more runs in the sixth inning, and Joe Persichina's first career home run in the eighth inning gave ASU the 7-0 victory.

Starter Pat Cassa (1-1) earned his first career win as a Devil after pitching a solid six innings, giving up just one hit while striking out nine. Lefty Josh Blake earned his first save of the year, after pitching three innings, also giving up just one hit.


ASU faced #1 ranked and defending national champion Rice, who had Pre-Season National Player of the Year Jeff Niemann on the mound. ASU pulled out a 3-1 win, and handed Niemann his first loss in 18 decisions, dating back to last season.

Jason Urquidez (3-0) pitched another gem, after pitching a complete game, striking out seven and allowed just three hits.

The game stayed scoreless until the sixth inning, when Travis Buck hit a two run homerun that also scored Pedroia. Buck accumulated his third RBI of the game in the eighth inning after his sacrifice line out scored Dhaenens. The only run that Rice scored was with two outs in the ninth inning.

ASU will face Arizona at Packard Stadium on Tuesday before hosting Connecticut next weekend. Arizona (5-3-1) is currently ranked 13th in the nation, but will most likely fall after going 0-2-1 this past weekend against UC-Irvine in Tucson.

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