Sun Devils Struggle with Huskies Pitching

Pat Murphy's 17th ranked Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team, opened up their three game series with the Washington Huskies Friday night in disappointing fashion with a 6-4 loss. The loss was the third straight for the Devils and drops them to 30-21 on the season and 11-8 in Pac-10 play. Washington improved to 29-21 and 8-11 in conference play.

The Devils struggles at the plate continued Friday night as they managed just four runs on seven hits. Things looked promising early on after first baseman Zechry Zinicola hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning to put the Devils up 2-0. But things just went south from there for the Devils, as Washinton starting pitcher Tim Lincecum had his stuff working for him all night. After the homer in the second, Lincecum found his groove striking out 13 Sun Devil batters, as he went the distance for the Huskies to improve his record to 7-6.

Lincecum did get into some trouble late in the game after allowing a few walks, but the Sun Devil hitters couldn't come through with the clutch hits needed to change the outcome of tonight's game. Senior right fielder Jeff Larish led the Devils offensively going 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

Junior left-hander Erik Averill was saddled with the loss for the Devils, to drop his overall record to 8-4 on the year. The Husky bat's made it a short night for Averill as he as pulled in the bottom of the third inning after the first four Husky batters reached base. Averill was charged with giving up four runs on five hits in just two innings of work. Senior Ty Marotz and junior Brett Bordes looked good for a change coming out of the Sun Devil bullpen. The two combined to throw four scoreless innings to keep the ballgame close.

The Sun Devils will look to break out of their three game funk tomorrow afternoon as they square of against the Huskies in a 1 p.m. game in Washington. Junior right-hander Tony Barnette (3-1, 7.74 ERA) is expected to make his fourth start of the season for the Devils.

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