Baseball Weekend Recap

The 8th ranked Arizona State baseball team opened up the Pac-10 season with a three- game set against the California Golden Bears this past weekend at Packard Stadium. After dropping the first two games, the Devils avoided a sweep with a win on Sunday. The Devils record now stands at 20-5 on the year.


The Devils had their four game winning streak snapped in the 9-7 loss on Friday night in the Pac-10 opener. Starter Jeff Mousser was roughed up in his worst start as a Devil, lasting three innings, giving up two runs off of four hits. Relief pitcher Erik Averill lasted two and two thirds innings, allowing five runs off of five hits. Quentin Andes (3-1) was strapped with the loss after giving up two runs in his one and one third innings of work.

Cal took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Devils struck back with three runs of their own in their half of the first inning. A Jeff Larish double scored Dustin Pedroia, and Larish, along with Travis Buck would come around to score on a fielding error by Cal 2B Brett Munster. Both teams added a run in the second inning, and Cal added another run in the fourth for a 4-3 ASU lead. In the fifth inning, the Devils scored three more runs, keyed by a Tuffy Gosewisch single that brought around Joe Persichina and Colin Curtis to score.

Cal took the lead for good off of a five run sixth inning that brought 10 Bears to the plate. With an 8-7 lead, Cal scored an insurance run in the eighth inning for the 9-7 win.

Dustin Pedroia had another solid game, going four for five, with a double and two runs scored. Zechry Zinicola was the other Devil with a multi-hit game, going two for five with two RBI's. ASU's best attempt at a comeback was in the seventh inning after they stranded three runners on base.


Cal shocked ASU 20-8 on Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium. A 13 run fifth inning clinched the series win for the Bears, as it tied the most runs given up by the Devils in an inning in school history.

Jason Urquidez (6-1) was handed the loss after surrendering three runs off of four hits in one and one thirds innings pitched. Brett Bordes came in relief for Urquidez, and gave up four runs in his two and one third innings pitched. Ty Marotz, Pat Cassa, and Travis Webb combined to pitch an inning, and allowed a total of 13 runs (four earned). Josh Blake settled the Bear's bats down, not allowing a run in four and one third innings pitched.

Cal took a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings. ASU cut the lead to 5-3 in their half of the third after Pedroia, Buck, and Zinicola all crossed the plate to score. In the seventh inning Nick Cadena and Chris Cook both went deep, for their first and second home runs of the year respectively.


Arizona State salvaged being swept with an 8-4 win on Sunday. Cal got on the board first in the first inning after David Nicholson crossed the plate. The Devils tied the game up after Joel Bocchi doubled down the left field line, which scored Travis Buck, who had previously reached on a fielder's choice.

ASU took a 6-1 lead after putting five runs across the plate in the third inning. The inning was sparked by Josh Asanovich's three run blast to left field, which was his first home run of the year. Travis Buck scored his second run of the game in the inning, and Colin Curtis' run was unearned after a fielding error.

Cal added a run in the fifth, and another two in the eighth, but Travis Buck scored his third and fourth runs of the game in the fourth and sixth innings for the 8-4 ASU win.

ASU was sparked by Colin Curtis' three for five day, as well as Buck's four runs scored, and the three RBI's a piece by Bocchi and Asanovich.

Starter Zechry Zinicola (2-1) earned the win after a solid seven innings pitched, striking out five, walking one, and giving up two runs. Pat Bresnehan came in relief to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, and gave up six hits and two runs.

The Devils will continue Pac-10 play with a three game series against Washington next Friday-Sunday at Packard Stadium.

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