Devils Eliminated by Familiar Foe

Another year, another Sun Devil post-season run comes to an end in Fullerton. The Titans, who lost earlier in the afternoon to the Gophers in extra innings, turned right around in their home stadium to shut out the Sun Devils 5-0.

ASU's Colin Curtis was one of the lone bright spots on the Sun Devils going 3-4. Josh Asanovich was the only other Devil to have a multi-hit game, as he finished 2-4. The rest of the ASU offense combined for five total hits. Erik Averill went 6 2/3 innings giving up all of the Titans' runs (5), as well as their hits (12). Averill, who was credited with the loss, struck out five batters, and had no walks. Quentin Andes took over for the last 2 1/3 innings, and was solid as he gave up no hits or runs.

Fullerton started its scoring in the fourth inning when a Felipe Garcia double drove-in P.J Pilittere. A solo home run by Danny Dorn two innings later increased the home team's lead to 2-0. Most of the damage took place in the seventh inning, when three Fullerton players crossed the plate. Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly scored Ronnie Prettyman, and doubles by Pilittere and Dorn platted the last two runs of the game. The Titans' Mike Martinez was masterful on the mound, pitching a complete game in which he had seven strikeouts.

ASU, who ended the 2004 campaign with a 41-18 record, repeatedly shot itself in the foot. The Devil left eight men on base, and grounded into a trio of double plays. None of its ten hits on Saturday night went for extra bases.

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