ASU Baseball Weekend Wrap-Up

After being beat by the University of Arizona football team at home, and losing 2 out of 3 to the Wildcats in basketball, this series win was a sweet one for any baseball fan of the Devils, especially since it was in Tucson. The Devils moved to 18-9 on the year while taking 2 out of 3 from the Wildcats.


A comeback was the key for the Devils today, as they scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to beat an Arizona team who had not played a ranked team until this series. The inexperience of the Wildcats showed, as they committed 7 errors on the evening. After trailing 7-2, the Devils came back and won the game 9-7.

Robbie McClellan got the Friday start, as Mike Esposito's sore arm would schedule him to take the Saturday start. McClellan would last only 3 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs off of 4 hits. Aaron Klusman came in relief, but was not that much better, as he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Then the bullpen trio of Carlos Arguello, Mark Sopko, and Ryan Schroyer did not give up a run to salvage the comeback for the Devils. Sopko (1-1) recorded the win as Schroyer (S, 2) earned the save.

The Devils jumped out to the early lead, as Steve Garrabrants, who was playing in his first game after sitting out the last 5, started off the game with a walk. He would later score off of a Jeremy West groundout to 2B.

After 5 innings, the Devils were down 7-2 to the Wildcats, but would score 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning. Jeremy West started off the inning by doubling to left center. Later in the inning, Jon Sheaffer singled to right center, scoring West, Jeff Larish, and Andre Ethier, who had both walked earlier.

In the Devil half of the 8th inning, ASU would pull within 1 run off of a Nick Walsh sacrifice fly to RF, scoring Ethier. Steve Garrabrants would lead off the 9th inning with a walk. A few hitters later, Andre Ethier broke his hitting woes at the perfect time with a single to left field, scoring Garrabrants and Doug Schutt to give the Devils the lead for good. To cushion that lead for the bullpen, West would score again off of a throwing error by Arizona 2B John Hardy.


After the Devils jumped off to a 4-0 lead, the Wildcats would score 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. But ASU would answer with a 3 run inning in the 7th inning and Arizona would not catch up, as the Devils won today's game 10-6.

Mike Esposito (5-3) pitched 6 innings giving up 4 runs (1 earned), earning the win, as Ryan Schroyer picked up his 2nd straight save of the series and 3rd on the year.

Dennis Wyrick, who was back in the starting lineup, doubled in the 2nd inning to score Andre Ethier. The Devils would score 2 runs in the 3rd inning off of a Dustin Pedroia double down the left field line.

In the bottom of the 6th, Wildcat Chris Cunningham would break the goose egg that was on the board for the Wildcats, and they would score 3 more in the inning to tie the game. In the top of the 7th inning, the Devils would score 3 runs 2 of those off of Andre Ethier's 2nd homerun of the year.

ASU put the nail in the coffin in the 9th, scoring 3 runs. Sheaffer would have a 2 RBI single and would later score in the inning for the Devils to seal the win as Ryan Schroyer shut down the Wildcats in their half of the inning.


ASU could not pull off the series sweep this weekend as they dropped the 3rd game to the Wildcats 10-1. Bryce Kartler (2-2) got the start, and did not have a good outing. He gave up 8 runs (7 earned) in 4 innings pitched. He also has 3 wild pitches in the game. The bullpen slowed down the Wildcat's bats, as they gave up just 2 runs in 4 innings pitched.

ASU's NCAA record streak of 401 straight games scoring a run was extended when Rod Allen hit his 5th homerun of the year. ASU was only able to muscle out 4 hits, while the Wildcats were able to obtain 10. Arizona continued it's fielding woes with another 3 errors for the game. ASU was just not able to capitalize on the errors in this game.

ASU continues Pac 10 play next Thursday through Saturday at home against the Washington Huskies at HoHoKam Park.

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