Devils Split Double Header in Baton Rouge

Following a 30-13 victory against Western Illinois, the No. 5 LSU Tigers gave Pat Murphy's team a taste of their own medicine Sunday evening with a 20-3 victory over the Devils. After scoring 49 runs in their past two games the Devils were held to just three runs on six hits. The Tigers on the other hand pounded the Sun Devil pitching staff scoring 20 runs on 20 hits.

The Devils looked to be on pace to continue their stellar play at the plate after a two-run homer in the first inning by senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. But the lead didn't last long as the Tigers scored four runs of their own in the bottom of the first off Sun Devil starter Pat Bresnehan. Bresnehan (1-2) who received the loss was pulled with just one out in the first after allowing four runs on four hits while walking three batters. Senior right-hander Jason Urquidez took over for Bresnehan in the first and helped the Devils out of a jam. But things went south in the bottom of the fourth as Urquidez gave up back-to-back-to-back-to-back homeruns. After two walks and an error Tiger third baseman Blake Gill stepped to the plate and blasted a grand slam homerun over the right field fence to give the Tigers a commanding 8-2 lead. Gill's grand slam was then followed with three solo shots by centerfielder Ryan Patterson, second baseman Clay Harris, and right fielder Nick Stovinoha. The Tigers went on to score five more runs in the inning, 12 in all to take a 16-2 lead.

In the first game of Sunday's double duty, the Sun Devils hot hitting continued against Western Illinois, as they blasted the Leathernecks pitching staff for 30 runs on a school record 35 hits in the 30-13 victory

The Devils wasted no time at the plate scoring three runs in the first inning off back-to-back homeruns by seniors Tuffy Gosewisch and Jeff Larish. Gosewisch began the onslaught with a two run blast that scored redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna. Larish followed with a shot of his own over the right field wall. The Devils didn't let up, scoring nine more runs in the next three innings. The Leathernecks tried to keep it close and trailed the Devils 15-7 going into the last inning of the game. But that's when the wheels really came off for the Leathernecks bullpen as they gave up a Sun Devil record 15 runs in the top off the ninth inning. The Devils totaled a team record 16 hits in the inning including homeruns by Larish, freshman Willy Fox, and redshirt sophomore Seth Dhaenens. Larish's who blasted two homeruns for the second straight day also set a new Sun Devil record with six runs scored. He finished the day 4-for-6 with four RBI including the six runs and two homers, which brought his homerun total to a team high nine on the season. Dhaenens led the Devils with six RBI including his two-run homer, which was his first of his collegiate career.

Junior Travis Buck's six hits led nine Sun Devil batters who recorded more than one hit in the game. Buck finished 6-for-8 with three RBI and two runs scored. The other Sun Devil players to record a multi-hit game included, Rocky Laguna (3-for-4, R, RBI), Colin Curtis (2-for-8, 2 R, 2 RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Austin Stockfish (2-for-2, R, RBI), Jeff Larish (4-for-6, 2 HR, 6 R, 4 RBI), Willy Fox (3-for-5, 5 R, 3 RBI), Seth Dhaenens (3-for-5, HR, 4 R, 6 RBI), and Andrew Romine (5-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI).

Local valley product Josh Satow picked up the victory for the Devils out of the bullpen, although he allowed nine runs (six earned), on nine hits, in his five innings of work. The victory was the first in a Sun Devil uniform for the freshman.

The Devils look to rebound from the tough defeat next Friday as they return home to Packard Stadium for a three game series against the Oklahoma Sooners. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start time.

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