Devils Enter Post-Season with Home Sweep

The No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils were able to complete the three game sweep against the visiting Washington State Cougars today, with a 7-2 victory. The victory, guaranteed the Devils a third place finish in the Pac-10, with a record of 15-9. The Devils finished the year 34-22, seven wins short of last years 41 wins, although the Devils had a better conference record this year.

Just before today's contest, the Devils found out that they would be one of sixteen regional hosts in next weekend's regional tournament that kicks off the road to the College World Series. This also guarantees the Sun Devils their 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Devils started things off early today, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Senior left fielder Jeff Larish started off the inning with a walk followed by a single off the bat of junior right fielder Travis Buck. Sun Devil coach Pat Murphy then called for the double steal to advance both runners into scoring position, a move that would pay off two batters later, as designated hitter Willy Fox ripped a two-run single to left field. The Devils added to their lead in the second after senior Joey Hooft and freshman Andrew Romine led off the inning with a pair of singles.

After another double steal and a strikeout, the Cougars elected to intentionally walk Buck to load the bases. The move backfired on the Cougars thanks to sophomore Colin Curtis' two-run single. The Devils went on to score one more in the third, followed by a run in both the fourth and sixth inning to take the 7-2 advantage.

Offensively the Devils pounded out 11 hits, led by two true freshman Andrew Romine and Willy Fox, who each ended up with three hits. Fox was 3-for-4 including the two RBI, while Romine was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Sophomore Colin Curtis ended up 1-for-4 on the day with three RBI and junior Travis Buck scored two runs while going 1-for-2 at the plate including a walk and sacrifice bunt. Senior Joey Hooft also had a very productive day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run.

Sun Devil starter Tony Barnette picked up the win for the Devils, pitching three innings of shutout ball while striking out four batters. The win improved Barnette's record to 4-1 on the season. Senior right-hander Ty Marotz did great out of the bullpen for the Devils, as he threw 3.1 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out three.

The Sun Devils will find whom they will be facing in next weekend's regional tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN, as the filed of 64 teams will be announced. Ticket information and game times will be available at So all the Sun Devil faithful need to cancel any prior plans they might have made for next weekend and come out to Packard Stadium to root on our Devils to Omaha.

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