ASU dropped the opening game of the series after the bullpen blew a five run lead in the last two innings. The loss was a season high third in a row. The Devils took a 7-2 lead into the eighth inning, but dropped the game 9-7 after ORU scored three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth. The Devils used a season high seven pitchers. In his second start of the year, Erik Averill lasted three and one third innings, giving up two runs off of eight hits. Pat Bresnehan (3-2) was strapped with the loss after giving up six runs in one and one third innings.
Oral Roberts took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but a double by Travis Buck in the third inning scored Nick Walsh and Joe Persichina. The Golden Eagles tied the game up in their half of the fourth inning, but the Devils added four more runs for a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Persichina's three run triple. A single by Seth Dhaenens scored Jeff Larish in the fifth inning, giving the Devils a 7-2 lead.
The falter of the bullpen lost the game for the Devils in the last two innings after allowing the seven runs. Bresnehan and Josh Blake combined to give up the seven runs, as Travis Webb and Ty Marotz also saw time in the last two innings out of the bullpen.
A solid outing by starter Jason Urquidez (8-2) snapped the three-game losing streak that the Devils had. Urquidez went a strong seven innings, allowing just one run off of five hits, with six strikeouts and one walk, earning the win. Zechry Zinicola pitched the eighth and ninth innings, only giving up one hit in the 5-1 win.
Tuffy Gosewisch went deep for the second time this year to give ASU a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Devils added three runs in the fifth inning after Joe Persichina scored off of a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly. Seth Dhaenens would score after a wild pitch, and Nick Walsh crossed the plate off of a Travis Buck groundout.
ASU combined for 11 hits on the night. Nick Walsh (two for four, one run scored), Jeff Larish (two for four), and Dhaenens (two for three with one run scored) all recorded multi-hit games.
ASU dropped the rubber match to Oral Roberts 6-5 after a bottom of the ninth inning comeback attempt was not enough. Jeff Mousser (1-3) took the mound for the Devils, earning the loss after giving up four runs in five innings of work. Pat Cassa allowed two runs in his one and two thirds innings of work, and Ty Marotz allowed just one hit in his two and two thirds innings pitched.
Oral Roberts took a 4-0 lead after scoring three runs in the second inning and one run in the fifth inning. The Devils' cut the lead to 4-2 in their half of the fifth inning after Josh Asanovich and Dustin Pedroia scored. In the sixth inning, Gosewisch scored to cut the ORU lead to one run. They took a 6-3 in the seventh inning, and ended up winning the game after ASU scored just two runs in their half of the ninth inning. Josh Asanovich led off the inning with a double to left center and would score after Travis Buck flied out. Pedroia scored his second run of the game after Zinicola grounded out.
ASU will host Arizona on Monday night, before going on the road for a three game series against UCLA next weekend.
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