Baseball Weekend Wrap-up

The 15th ranked ASU (15-5) baseball team hosted the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament this past weekend at home and swept the 3 other schools that played in the tournament, UNLV, St. John's, and Oklahoma State.

Friday

The Devils started off the tournament by hosting the UNLV Running Rebels. Robbie McClellan (4-2) got the start, and recorded career high 10 strikeouts as the Devils won 10-0 as he pitched a complete game. The game was cut short after 7 innings, because of the 10 run mercy rule.

LF Rod Allen, 1B Jeremy West, and 3B Dustin Pedroia all lead the Devils with 2 hits apiece. West hit his 5th homerun of the year in the 5th inning. In the bottom of the 1st, West drove in Allen on a single to right field. West's homerun in the 5th inning that went over the left field fence drove in Allen and DH Nick Walsh. After Nick Walsh was the 2nd hitter in a row hit by a pitch in the 6th inning, it scored C Tuffy Gosewisch. SS Sergio Garcia scored his 2nd run of the game later in the inning when Allen reached on a fielder's choice. To tap off the game in the 7th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a 2 run homerun to left field to close out the game.

Saturday

Mike Esposito (4-2) got the start on Saturday and pitched a solid 7 innings giving up just 1 run on 6 hits. Mark Sopko and Ryan Schroyer would come in relief for Esposito, and pitched 2 innings apiece. RF Andre Ethier, Allen, and Garcia all had 2 hit games for the Devils. The Devils once again got a head start in the 1st inning, as Ethier drove in Allen and Walsh. In the 6th inning, Ethier hit a 3 run homerun, scoring Allen and West. In the 7th inning, the Devils put the game away with 5 runs and sealed the victory in the 11-1 win.

Sunday

The Devils played Oklahoma State today and won a crucial game over a ranked opponent. OSU, ranked 12th in the nation, was winning until the Devils scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Bryce Kartler got the start and gave up 2 runs in 5 innings pitched. J.J. Jackson (3-0) would get the win after he pitched 3 innings to seal the victory. The Devil's bats came alive in the 8th inning, and right at the perfect time. Rod Allen started the rally after he doubled down the left field line scoring, Walsh, Pedroia, and Ryan McKenna. 7 different Devils would score in the inning to spark the 7-2 victory for the Devils.

ASU goes to Las Cruces, New Mexico on Tuesday to play a 1 game series against New Mexico State, then will play host to Oklahoma at HoHoKam Park next weekend.

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