Devils Sweep Cardinal in a Thriller

The Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team pulled off a huge series sweep Sunday afternoon, with a exhilarating 10-9 victory over the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal. The sweep was the first suffered by Stanford in nearly eight years. The year was 1997 when the Cardinals were last swept by non other than the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The sweep also helped the Devils move into second place tie in the Pac-10 with Oregon State and USC at 6-3. Overall the Devils improved to 25-13 while Stanford fell to 20-14 with a 4-5 mark in conference play.

The Devil's victory was sparked by a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning that came off the bat of last night's hero, Travis Buck. The Devils had trailed 5-3 at that point in the game after Stanford had put up two runs in the top of the inning. The Devils didn't stop after Buck's double and went on to score four more runs in the inning, as the next three batters were walked to bring in Buck, senior Jeff Larish then stole home, and sophomore Seth Dhaenens ripped a two-run single to cap-off the seven-run sixth. This gave the Devils a comfortable 10-5 lead heading into the final three frames, but that comfortable lead didn't last long as right-handed reliever Zechry Zinicola gave up four runs in the eighth that cut the lead to just one run.

Yesterday's starter Jason Urquidez was called upon to close out the game and he did so by pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. The save was Urquidez's second of the season. Junior Tony Barnette picked up the win in relief although he allowed two runs on three hits in his one inning of work. It was Barnette's third of the year, as he improved his record to 3-1 overall despite having a 7.71 ERA.

Buck finished the day 2-for-5 with one run and three RBI's. He was 6-for-13 overall in the series, including six RBI's and one homerun. Sophomores Colin Curtis, Seth Dhaenens, and Zechry Zinicola were the other Devils to record a multi-hit game. All three ended the day 2-for-4, Curtis and Dhaenens each had one run scored and two RBI's while Zinicola added two runs.

The Devils will host the struggling UCLA Bruins (8-24, 0-6 Pac-10) in a three game series starting next Friday at Packard Stadium.

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