Baseball Weekend Recap

The 12th ranked ASU baseball team hosted the Connecticut Huskies this past weekend at Packard Stadium. ASU won all three games in convincing fashion, and improved to 12-2 on the year.

Friday

ASU took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and added another run in the second inning, and a season high seven in the third to take a commanding 11-0 lead early on. ASU got on the board in the first after a double by Jeff Larish scored Dustin Pedroia and Travis Buck. The third inning was keyed by Larish's single that scored Pedroia and Nick Walsh, and Colin Curtis' three run home run, which was his third on the year. Chris Cook, in his best game as a Devil so far, had a double in the fifth inning to score Ryan McKenna and Nick Cadena, and also hit his first career home run in the eighth inning to give ASU the 18-2 win. UConn's two runs came after they scored a run in the seventh and eighth innings.

ASU starter Jeff Mousser (1-0) had an outstanding pitching performance in his five innings of work, not giving up a run or a hit. Josh Blake, Quentin Andes, Travis Webb, and Ty Marotz all saw time out of the bullpen. They combined for two runs and three hits given up in four innings of work.

ASU had a season high in both runs (18) and hits (21). The Devils who accumulated multi-hit games were: Jeff Larish (two for four with four RBI's), Nick Cadena (three for three with three runs scored), Ryan McKenna (two for three with three RBIs), Chris Cook (four for four with four RBI's), and Frank Mesa who went two for three.

Saturday

Starter Pat Cassa gave up three runs and five hits in four innings of work in the second game of the weekend. Pat Bresnehan (3-0) earned the win, while giving up two runs in four innings of work in the 16-5 ASU win. Erik Averill closed out the game, pitching the ninth inning.

ASU went on the board first after scoring five runs in the third inning. UConn added a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to tie the game at five. A grand slam by Pedroia and a two run home run by Zechry Zinicola gave ASU an 11-5 lead in the fifth inning.

Travis Buck hit his fourth double of the game in the sixth inning to add three more runs. His four doubles ties a school record. In the eighth inning, Colin Curtis hit his fourth home run on the year, also scoring Nick Cadena.

Sunday

UConn jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but it did not last too long as ASU added six runs in the second inning, highlighted by Jeff Larish's first home run of the year, which scored two. Travis Buck hit his second home run of the year in the third inning, scoring two more, along with Josh Asanovich's two RBI double and Pedroia's bunt that scored two, giving ASU a 12-1 lead. Buck singled in the fourth and doubled to right field in the fifth inning to score both Asanovich and Seth Dhaenens on both plays, and it gave ASU an 18-1 lead. Connecticut came across the plate three times in the seventh and eighth innings, and added four runs in the ninth innings for a final score of 18-11.

Travis Buck went five for five in the game with eight RBI's and two runs scored. Cook and Asanovich also had multi-hit games.

Starter Jason Urquidez (4-0) pitched just three innings, giving up one run off of three hits, striking out one with one walk. Erik Averill pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth inning, while Zechry Zinicola, Ty Marotz, and Josh Blake all saw time out of the bullpen.

ASU hosts East Carolina next weekend at Packard Stadium. The Pirates are currently 12-0 on the season, and knocked off 11th ranked Clemson twice this past weekend in the Keith Leclair Invitational Tournament.

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