ASU Cruises by Coastal Carolina

The Arizona State Sun Devils continued to play great baseball in Saturday night's NCAA Regional, as they defeated the No. 1 seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 11-3. The Devils are now just a win away from advancing to the NCAA Super Regional and have won six straight games.

Junior starter Erik Averill and senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch both came up big for the Devils in the victory. Gosewisch, showed his senior leadership by going 3-for-5 with a career-high seven RBI's and Averill was just as dominant on the mound, striking out eight Coastal batters while going the distance to earn the win. The complete game was Averill's fourth of the season and the win improved his record to 9-4 overall.

The Devils started off the scoring in the top of the first inning when Gosewisch ripped a two-out single to right that scored junior Travis Buck. The Chanticleers came right back in the bottom of the inning to score two runs to take a 2-1 advantage, but the Sun Devil bats were just warming up.

Senior Jeff Larish hit a sac-fly in the top of the second that scored fellow senior Joey Hooft that nodded the score at two all. The Devils then regained the lead in the third after a two-run double by Gosewisch. Sophomore Colin Curtis and freshman Willy Fox led off the inning with a walks to set up Gosewisch's double. Gosewisch was down early in the count at 0-2, but battled back by fouling off five pitches before lacing the tenth pitch of the at-bat down the left field line. Gosewisch added another RBI in the fifth with an RBI groundout that scored Curtis.

The Devils broke the game wide open in the sixth, scoring four runs to take a 9-3 lead. Freshman J.J. Sferra and Andrew Romine got things started with two straight singles followed by a walk to Larish. Sferra then scored on a balk and after a fly-out by junior Travis Buck, Curtis was intentionally walked to load the bases. Sun Devil head coach Pat Murphy then went to the bench and called upon redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna to pinch-hit for Fox. Laguna was called out on strikes, with a very questionable call, to record the second out of the inning. Gosewisch was the next batter up and once again he delivered with a huge two-out double to the centerfield fence that cleared the bases and gave the Devils the six-run lead.

The Devils went on to add run in both the eight and ninth innings to take the 11-3 advantage. On the night the Devils compiled 15 hits led by Gosewisch, Curtis, and Sferra, who recorded three hits each. Curtis finished the night 3-for-4 with four runs scored. Sferra scored two runs of his own, while going 3-for-5 at the plate including a stolen base. Larish and Romine also recorded a multi-hit game with two hits each. Larish was 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot, including a run and two RBI. Romine went 2-for-5 with one run scored.

Averill was brilliant on the mound, as he had the Chanticleer batters guessing all night long. Chanticleers All-American Mike Costanzo fanned three times to add to Averill's total of eight strikeouts.

The Devils will now wait to play the winner of today's 11 a.m. game between the Chanticleers and the Rebels of UNLV. The winner of this game will have to turn around and play the Devils in a 3 p.m. game. So come out and root for your Devils today as they have a chance to move one step closer to Omaha.

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