Baseball Weekend Recap

The Arizona State baseball team traveled to Los Angeles this past weekend to face the UCLA Bruins. After defeating the Bruins the first two games, the Devils were beat in game three of the series. The series win is the first of the year in Pac-10 play for the Devils. ASU's record now stands at 26-12 overall and 5-7 in conference play.


The Devils were led by a strong pitching performance by Jeff Mousser (2-3) in the 12-4 win. Mousser pitched seven innings, allowing just one run off of five hits, striking out two Bruins. Josh Blake came in relief in the eighth inning, but allowed three runs in just two thirds of an inning. Ty Marotz sealed the win in his one and one third innings of work.

The game stayed tied at zero until the fourth inning when Joe Persichina scored off of a Tuffy Gosewisch double. Gosewisch ended up scoring after a Colin Curtis single. The Devils took a 4-0 lead after the fifth inning after Dustin Pedroia and Nick Walsh crossed the plate.

ASU put the game away in the seventh inning after scoring six runs for a 10-0 lead. Jeff Larish's double that scored two highlighted the inning. The Bruins finally got a run on the board in the bottom of the seventh, and added three more in the eighth after roughing up relief pitcher Josh Blake. ASU added two runs in their half of the eighth, and won the game 12-4.

Dustin Pedroia went four for five with two runs scored, and Nick Walsh, Tuffy Gosewisch, and Colin Curtis all recorded multi-hit games.


A come from behind victory, and a solid pitching performance by relief pitchers Erik Averill and Zechry Zinicola gave ASU the win in the second game of the three game set. Starter Jason Urquidez gave up three runs in four innings of work. Averill and Zinicola combined to shut down the last 15 batters in the game. All three pitchers combined to not allow a walk in the game.

UCLA took the early lead after scoring three runs in the fourth inning led by a Wes Whisler triple. The Devils tied the game up in the seventh inning after a sacrifice fly scored Joe Persichina. Nick Walsh's double to right field also scored Colin Curtis and Jeff Larish in the inning. A sacrifice fly by Zinicola that scored Colin Curtis in the ninth inning gave ASU the 4-3 win.

Joe Persichina (three for five, one run scored), Tuffy Gosewisch (two for three), and Colin Curtis (two for four, one double, and two runs scored) all recorded multi-hit games.


A comeback attempt was not enough as UCLA defeated ASU 11-10 in the third game of the series. The Devils used a combination of six pitchers, as Zechry Zinicola (3-2) was strapped with loss after pitching the last three frames. Ty Marotz took the start, but was in the game just one and two thirds innings. Brett Bordes lasted a mere two thirds of an inning, walking four, and gave up three runs.

UCLA took a 5-0 lead into the fourth inning, but the Devils would pull within one run after a four run fourth inning, lead by Chris Cook's two run double. Down 9-7, ASU tallied a single run in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game up after Josh Asanovich and Pedroia scored.

In the ninth inning, Jeff Larish came around to score off of a Pedroia sacrifice fly, but Colin Curtis was thrown out at home to end the game.

ASU will travel to Pullman, Washington next weekend for a three game series against Washington State. The Cougars are currently 22-13 on the season and 4-5 in Pac-10 play.

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