Devils Hang on For The Sweep

Arizona State did not score beyond the third inning, but as it turns out that is all they needed tonight in Wichita. The Sun Devils survived a Shockers comeback in the eighth, to hang on to a 4-3 win over No. 7 Wichita State.

Senior pitcher Jeff Mousser pitched a gem, giving up a lone unearned run in 6 1/3 innings of work. Mousser punched out five batters, and surrendered only two hits, all on four days of rest. Freshman Zechry Zinicola notched his fourth save of the season, and by doing so repeated his feat from last night when the Devils prevailed 10-9.

ASU roughed up Wichita State's Mike Pelfrey, and overall had 12 hits on the night. Dustin Pedroia, Travis Buck, and Jeff Larish all went 2-for-5. Josh Asanovich (2-for-3 and Colin Curtis (2-for-4) were the other Sun Devils who hat two hits on the night. For Larish, this game extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.

For the 22nd time this year, ASU scored in the first inning, as they jumped to a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Pedroia and Buck started off a strong inning for the visitors. Asanovich and Tuffy Gosewisch drove in the runs in the opening stanza. Pedrioa scored in the second, and a Shockers error resulted in ASU's forth and final run in the third inning.

Mousser gave up his only run of the night in the seventh. Jason Urquidez made things interesting in the eighth, as he gave up a two-run blast to WSU's baseman Logan Sorensen. However, Zinicola halted the Shockers scoring with the tying run on third base. The freshman wasted no time, retiring the side in the final inning and assuring his team a precious road sweep.

The No. 18 Sun Devils are now 30-13 on the season. Pat Murphy's team will be idle until May 3rd, when thy host New Mexico State for a two-game series.

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