The #9 Arizona State Sun Devils started the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament in great fashion Friday night, with a dominating 12-0 win over the New Mexico State Aggies (0-2). The Devils (2-2) were lead by the outstanding pitching of junior starter Erik Averill, who pitched a complete-game shutout while striking-out 14 Aggie batters. Averill was very commanding on the mound today in improving his season record to 1-1. His nine innings pitched and 14 strikeouts were both career highs over his previous best of 7.1 innings and eight strikeouts set during his freshman season.
At the plate, the Sun Devil bats were just as hot, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits. Senior first basemen Jeff Larish was 4-for-4 on the day including a triple and four RBI. Senior infielder Joey Hooft and junior right fielder Travis Buck continued their solid production at the plate. Both went 2-for-4 and combined to score five of ASU's 12 runs. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was also a big contributor in tonight's offensive outburst, adding two hits of his own, with two RBI, and one run scored.
The Devils look to continue tonight's success in their second game of the tournament on Saturday when they face Gonzaga. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time at Packard Stadium. Gonzaga won their first game of the tournament Friday, by defeating the Oregon State Beavers 3-1. Taking the mound for the Sun Devils will be senior right-hander Jason Urquidez (0-0 9.00 ERA)
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