After being named National Pitcher of the Week for his 17-strikeout performance last week, Mike Esposito did not have the same outcome on Friday. Esposito gave up 6 runs (4 earned) and 11 hits, lasting 6 innings in the 7-4 loss to the Cougars. He dropped to 6-4 on the year with the loss. Mark Sopko came in relief in the 7th inning, giving up 1 run in the 2 innings he pitched.
The Devil's bats were not as explosive as usual, only tallying 3 hits. WSU starting pitcher Eddie Bonine, who got the complete game victory, but was a little wild with 7 walks. 2 of those hits were by Steve Garrabrants, who went 2 for 2, with 2 walks and a hit by pitch. The other hit was Jeremy West's 9th home run of the season. Garrabrants scored twice, in the 1st and 3rd innings. In the 3rd inning, Garrabrants lead off the inning with a double to left field. He would later score off of a Rod Allen groundout.
The Devil's started Saturday's game strong, unlike the game the night before. After gaining just 3 hits on Friday, they pounded out 14 hits in the 13-7 win. Bryce Kartler got the start, and lasted 3 1/3 innings. Ryan Schroyer (2-1) would earn the win after shutting down the Cougars from the 7th inning on, not giving up a run.
5 Devils had multi-hit games, lead by Ryan McKenna, who went 2 for 5. His key hit in the top of the 8th inning, in which he doubled to right center, scored Andre Ethier, Jeff Larish, and Nick Walsh. The trio of runs that scored gave the Devils the lead for good. Jeremy West would also hit his 10th home run of the year in the 2nd inning.
ASU scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and had a 6-1 lead before the Cougars scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. But the bullpen did a good job stopping WSU, giving up just 2 runs.
On Sunday, the Devils came out strong and crushed the Cougars 22-4. Robbie McClellan (6-2) started the game, lasting 7 innings while giving up 4 runs. Carlos Arguello pitched a solid 2 innings in relief, not allowing a Cougar to cross the plate.
WSU took the early lead in the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning with a homerun by Jeff LaRue. Then the Devils came back strong in the 3rd inning, when Cesar Castillo doubled down the left field line. Steve Garrabrants would then double to centerfield, scoring Castillo. 2 hitters later, Andre Ethier hit his first of 2 home runs in the game. His other home run came in the 8th inning. Jeremy West hit his 3rd home run of the series and his 11th on the year. Freshman Nick Cadena hit his 1st career home run to give the Devils 4 for the game. Andre Ethier, Jeremy West, Cesar Castillo, and Jon Sheaffer all had 3 hit games in the victory.
The Devils travel to Los Angeles next weekend to face the UCLA Bruins.
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