ASU lost for the first time in 19 times dating back to last season at Packard Stadium, and had their nine game winning streak snapped as Tulane won the opening game of the series 5-3. Starter Jeff Mousser (1-1) took the loss, pitching four and one thirds innings, giving up five runs and nine hits and striking out three. Relief pitcher Erik Averill was brilliant as he retired every hitter he faced in four and two thirds innings pitched.
Tulane took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning off of runs by Tommy Manzella and Brian Bormaster, and a triple by Tulane RF Brian Bogusevic keyed a three run fifth inning as Tulane took a 5-0 lead.
The Devils finally got on the board in the seventh after Seth Dhaenens scored after Jeff Larish grounded out with bases loaded. ASU's attempt at a comeback fell short in the ninth, after scoring two runs off of Travis Bucks' sixth home run on the year, which was his fifth straight game with a home run.
Buck went two for three in the game with two RBI's and one run scored. Buck currently has a seven game hitting streak, and Jeff Larish had his eight game hitting streak snapped with an 0-4 performance. Joel Bocchi and Nick Walsh were the other two Devils to record hits in the game. The Devils left a total of seven players in scoring position, and recorded two errors in the game.
ASU bounced back after Friday's loss, keyed by a four for four performance from Dustin Pedroia. ASU took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after a lead off home run by Dustin Pedroia, his fourth on the year. Jeff Larish also came around to score after Tuffy Gosewisch hit his sixth double on the year. A two run single by Dustin Pedroia and a two run double by Jeff Larish gave ASU a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning.
ASU added a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Tulane scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh for an 8-3 ASU lead. A seventh inning double by Dustin Pedroia allowed two more Devils to score, and a solo home run by Jeff Larish in the eighth gave ASU the 11-3 win.
Jason Urquidez (6-0) had another sold pitching performance, giving up four runs off of four hits in five and two thirds innings pitched. Urquidez walked a season high five hitters, while striking out five. Pat Cassa saw two thirds of an inning pitched out of the bullpen, allowing two runs to score. Quentin Andes did not surrender a run in two and two thirds innings pitched.
Pedroia's four for four performance included five RBI's and three runs scored. Larish and Gosewisch each had two hits in the game, while Nick Cadena went three for four.
ASU polished off the series win with a 5-1 win on Sunday afternoon. The win improved ASU to 10-1 on the year against ranked opponents and have now won 11 of their last 12 games.
Starter Brett Bordes, in his third career start, lasted four and one third innings, allowing a run while striking out six and walking three. Erik Averill (2-0) notched the win after giving up one run in his two and one third innings. Pat Bresnehan earned his fourth save on the season after pitching the eighth and ninth innings, allowing one hit and no runs.
ASU jumped on the board first in the third inning after a sacrifice fly by Nick Walsh brought around Seth Dhaenens. Colin Curtis crossed the plate in the fourth for a 2-0 ASU lead. Back to back doubles by Pedroia and Walsh in the seventh scored two more for a 4-1 lead, after Tulane had scored earlier in the inning. The Devils added another run in the eighth when a sacrifice bunt scored Tuffy Gosewisch.
ASU hosts Oklahoma State (12-5) Tuesday and Wednesday at Packard Stadium. This past weekend the Cowboys took two out of three from Louisiana Tech.
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