Baseball Weekend Recap

The 10th ranked ASU baseball team faced the 21st ranked East Carolina Pirates this past weekend at Packard Stadium. After an exciting come from behind win on Friday, and two solid wins on Saturday and Sunday, the Devils improved to 15-2 on the year with a three game sweep.


East Carolina scored first in their half of the first inning, but the Devils came back to tie the game up in the bottom of the first after Travis Buck hit his third home run of the year. In the bottom of the second, Tuffy Gosewisch homered to left field, which gave ASU a 2-1 lead. ECU added four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Ryan Jones' three run home run, and another run in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Buck continued his hot hitting with a single to left center, scoring Seth Dhaenens. A Jeff Larish single also scored Buck and Dustin Pedroia. The game winner for ASU came off of a Zechry Zinicola home run to right center. ASU won 7-6. Buck went three for four on the day, with one home run, two RBI's and two runs scored, as he was the only Devil with a multi-hit game.

Starter Jeff Mousser took a no-decision after pitching five and one thirds innings. He gave up three runs off of five hits, striking out one and walking five. Erik Averill came out of the bullpen to pitch two innings, giving up three runs. Quentin Andes (1-0) recorded his first win as a Devil, pitching two thirds of an inning in the eighth. Pat Bresnehan earned his second save of the year after shutting down the Pirates in the ninth.


Starter Jason Urquidez (5-0) earned the win after another solid outing. He lasted seven innings, giving up four runs off of five hits, striking out and walking four. Pat Bresnehan earned his second straight save, which is his third on the year.

ASU got on the board first in the bottom of the second after Joe Persichina scored off of a Nick Walsh double. ECU tied the game in the third inning, but ASU took back that lead with a home run from Dustin Pedroia, his third on the year. ECU added two more in the fourth, and the Devils added a run in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-3 lead.

A home run by Pirate Trevor Lawhorn tied the game at four, but ASU took the lead for good in the seventh off of Travis Buck's team leading fourth home run. An insurance run was added in the eighth when Frank Mesa singled to right field, scoring Joe Persichina for a final score of 6-4.


ASU finished off the sweep of East Carolina with a 7-5 victory. Starter Zechry Zinicola, in his first start as a Devil, pitched three innings and only surrendered one hit, but was forced to leave early with a slightly strained groin. Quentin Andes (2-0) earned his second win of the series after pitching one and two thirds innings. Ty Marotz and Josh Blake combined to pitch one inning, and Pat Cassa earned his first career save, pitching the last three and one third innings, allowing two runs to cross the plate.

The Devils took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning after Travis Buck hit his fifth home run in as many games for a 2-0 lead. Colin Curtis came around to score the third run of the inning off of a Tuffy Gosewisch single. Joe Persichina scored three runs in the game, in the third, fifth, and eighth innings, and Curtis scored his second run of the game in the sixth inning for a 7-5 ASU win.

East Carolina scored off of a Ryan Norwood home run in the fourth inning that scored one, and a Mike Grace three run home run in the sixth inning. ECU also added a run in the ninth inning.

Joe Persichina (three for three with three runs scored), Tuffy Gosewisch (three for three with two RBI's), Nick Walsh (two for three, two RBI's), and Seth Dhaenens (two for three) each had a multi-hit game.

ASU will host 8th ranked Tulane next Friday-Sunday at Packard Stadium. The Green Wave is currently 10-3 on the season, and took two out of three from Pepperdine this past weekend.

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