The Devils lost their 1st game of the year by dropping the 1st game of the series 9-4.
RHP Ryan Schroyer got the start again in the series opener but this time he would not duplicate last week's performance against the Tennessee Volunteers. He would only last 3 1/3 innings while giving up 5 runs and 8 hits.
The Devils started the game off strong with 2 runs in the top of the 1st when DH Steve Garrabrants and 2B Dustin Pedroia scored off LF Rod Allen and 1B Jeremy West hit. In the top of the 3rd inning, Rod Allen singled to left field and was driven in by a 3B Dennis Wyrick groundout to the shortstop. In the top of the 9th inning, ASU tried to string together a late rally, but would only get 1 run on a Nick Cadena single to centerfield that would score Ryan McKenna.
RF Andre Ethier continued his great start to the season by being one of the bright spots of the game. He went 3 for 4 while recording a double. 2B Dustin Pedroia was the only other Sun Devil to record a multi-hit game, when he went 2 for 4.
Mike Esposito got the start but fell to 2-1 on the year with the loss. He lasted 3 innings while giving up 4 runs and 5 hits in the 5-3 loss. Steve Garrabrants lead off the Devil half of the 6th inning with his 2nd homerun of the year, which carried over right field fence. In the top of the 7th, ASU showed some signs of life when they had bases loaded. A mistake by FSU pitcher Marc LaMacchia thinking he could get Dennis Wyrick at 3rd off of an Ian Kinsler bunt lead to the bases loaded. After Steve Garrabrants struck out, Nick Walsh came in to pinch hit for Jon Sheaffer and hit a double that barely went over 3rd base, which in turn lead to 2 runs. That would be the extent of the rally for the Devils and they would end up losing the game 5-3.
The Devils blew a 4-0 lead to drop to 7-3 on the season with a 6-4 loss to the Seminole and end up getting swept for the series. FSU scored 3 runs each in the 7th and 8th innings to pull out the win. Josh Perrault would get his first career start as a Devil, but would only last 2/3 of an inning as he would then by replaced by LHP Bryce Kartler. Kartler would last 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs and just 3 hits. Closer Robbie McClellan (2-1) came in for Kartler and pitched the 8th inning, but would give up 3 runs and he would record the loss.
Andre Ethier tripled to left field in the top of the 2nd to score Jeremy West, who had been previously hit by a pitch. Catcher Cesar Castillo, who made his first career start as a Devil, singled and drove in Ethier. In the 5th inning, Rod Allen hit his 2nd homerun of the year with a shot over the left field fence. In the top of the 7th inning, Allen singled to right field and drove in Nick Walsh.
The Devils face another tough test next week as they will host 14th ranked Cal State Fullerton (6-3) at HoHoKam Park. The Titans are coming off of a sweep of UNLV over this weekend. Earlier in the season they took 1 of 3 from #1 ranked Stanford. Cal State Fullerton will play Loyola Marymount on Tuesday before playing the Devils.
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