Baseball Weekend Recap

The 14th ranked Arizona State baseball team hosted USC this past weekend at Packard Stadium. After splitting the first two games, USC was victorious in game three and notched the series win. ASU is now 22-9 overall and 3-6 in Pac-10 play after dropping their third straight Pac-10 series.

Friday

Starter Jason Urquidez (7-2) bounced back from a couple of shaky starts with a solid outing on Friday in the 10-3 ASU win. He lasted eight and one third innings, giving up three runs off of seven hits, while striking out seven and walking six. Pat Cassa recorded the last two outs of the ninth inning, allowing one hit.

Zechry Zinicola put the Devils on the board first in the first inning after his double scored Nick Walsh, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single. ASU extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning when Tuffy Gosewisch doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Colin Curtis, Jeff Larish, and Walsh. The Devils added another six runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Dustin Pedroia's single that scored two for a 10-0 lead. USC added three runs in their half of ninth inning, but it was not nearly enough as ASU won 10-3.

Nick Walsh had an outstanding game, as he went four for five with three runs scored and one RBI. Larish tied a season high with three hits and also scored two runs, while Chris Cook and Colin Curtis each had two hits a piece.

Saturday

A six run sixth inning sparked a USC come from behind victory, as they won the second game of the series 14-5. Starter Brett Bordes was forced to leave after just one and one third innings pitched after suffering a sore arm. Erik Averill (2-1) was strapped with his first loss on the year, after pitching two and two thirds innings, giving up three runs. Pat Cassa, Travis Webb, Quentin Andes, and Zechry Zinicola all saw time out of the bullpen.

A Nick Cadena double in the first inning gave ASU a 2-0 lead after Travis Buck and Nick Walsh crossed the plate. Each team added a run in the second inning, and USC tied the game in the fourth inning off of a two run single by Cyle Hankerd. ASU quickly retook the lead in their half of the fourth inning after Josh Asanovich lead the inning off with his second home run on the year. Walsh also scored after Travis Buck doubled to right center.

That is the last lead that ASU would possess after USC's huge six run sixth inning that sent 12 Trojans to the plate as all of the runs were scored with two outs. USC added five more runs in the ninth inning for a 14-5 win. Travis Buck, Nick Walsh, Nick Cadena, and Josh Asanovich all recorded multi-hit games. Dustin Pedroia's 0-5 performance snapped his season high 11 game-hitting streak.

Sunday

The Devils fell behind early and were never able to recover as USC won the rubber match 10-3. The Devils' three runs came off of eight hits. Nick Walsh had another solid game, going three for four, and Josh Asanovich was the only other Devil with a multi-hit game, batting two for four.

Jeff Mousser (1-2) took the start, but was hit with the loss after giving up five runs in four innings of work. Quentin Andes and Pat Bresnehan had rough outings out of the bullpen. Andes allowed three runs in just one third of an inning pitched. Bresnehan gave up two runs in two and two thirds innings pitched. Erik Averill also saw time out of the bullpen, not allowing a run in two innings of work.

USC was led by Jeff Clement, who was a triple short of the cycle. He went four for five with a double, two RBI's, and three runs scored. ASU's lone runs came in the fourth inning after a Nick Cadena double scored Chris Cook and Jeff Larish, and Travis Bucks' double in the fifth inning scored Dustin Pedroia.

ASU will take a week off from Pac-10 play and will host Oral Roberts (23-6) at Packard Stadium next Thursday-Saturday.

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