Errors Prevents Devils Sweep

It took extra innings for he No. 8 Baylor Bears to avoid the sweep today as they beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 8-7. The Sun Devils (8-10) let a late lead slip away as errors proved to be very costly for the Devils defense.

Arizona State built an early 4-0 lead in the first inning after sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Seniors Jeff Larish and Tuffy Gosewisch followed Curtis' walk with back-to-back singles that put the Devils up 1-0. Freshman designated hitter Willy Fox then stepped to the plate to crush his second homer in as many days to put the Devils up 4-0. The Devils added one more in the second and held a 5-4 lead going into the ninth inning. That's when the defensive breakdowns began. A costly error led to the game-tying run which sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth the Devil defense committed two more key errors that lead to three Baylor runs. The Devils however didn't go down easily in the bottom of the inning. After two singles by Travis Buck and Larish, redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna was called upon to pinch hit for Fox with two men down. Laguna delivered with a triple to right center to cut the lead to just a single run. With the tying run just 90 feet way the Sun Devil comeback came to an end as third baseman Eric Sogard grounded out to end the game.

Junior left-hander Erik Averill lasted five innings in the start, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out four. Senior right-hander Jason Urquidez took over for Averill in the sixth and pitched very well although he received the loss. Urquidez's was responsible for the tying run in the ninth as well as two runs in the tenth, although all three were unearned and came off the Sun Devil errors. In all the Devils committed five errors on the day and have now committed 38 errors in just 18 games.

The Devils will be back on the road this upcoming weekend as they travel to Greenville, N.C. for the Keith LeClair Invitational. The Devils will take on No.10 North Carolina on Friday followed by a Saturday match-up against tournament host East Carolina and will conclude the tournament Sunday against Ohio State.

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