The Devil endured a tough loss to Cal tonight as their attempts at a rally fell short. For the 3rd straight Pac 10 series they dropped the first game of the series.
Mike Esposito (6-5) got his usual Friday start and was roughed up early. In all he gave up 8 runs in 6 innings of work. Bryce Kartler would come in for Esposito, and gave up 1 run in the 1 inning he pitched. Josh Perrault provided a spark out of the bullpen, not giving up a run in his 2 innings pitched. The Devils were on the board first in their half of the 3rd when an error by Cal pitcher Brent Hale allowed Nick Walsh to score. Cal would take the lead back in the next inning, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 4th.
In the 5th inning, Steve Garrabrants started the inning off with a single to left field. After 2 wild pitches, he would score cutting the Cal lead to 3-2. Right as the Devils were making the move to take the lead, once again the Golden Bears struck a blow to the Devils. Cal 3B David Nicholson hit a 2 run home run giving the Bears a 5-2 lead. In the Devil half of the 6th inning, Cesar Castillo doubled to center field scoring Jon Sheaffer. But the final blow would be dealt in the 7th inning, when Cal scored 4 runs and took the lead for good. Cal ended up winning the game 9-5.
ASU played in another extra inning game and were victorious, 4-3.
Jered Liebeck started the game on Saturday and gave up 2 runs in 3 innings pitched. Carlos Arguello and Mark Sopko combined to pitch 4 innings, without giving up a run. Ryan Schroyer (4-1) would record the win after pitching from the 8th inning on. The Devils started off another game with a run in the 1st inning, when Dustin Pedroia scored off of a Jeremy West sacrifice fly. Cal came back in the 2nd inning to tie the game up 1-1 off of a Nicholson home run to right field.
In the top of the 3rd, Cal would score once again when Conor Jackson went deep. ASU would tie the game up in the bottom of the 3rd when Pedroia would score on a West sacrifice fly again. In the bottom of the 4th, ASU took a 3-2 lead when Rod Allen scored off of a Cesar Castillo single. Cal would tie the game at 3 in the top of the 8th. ASU would win the game in the bottom of the 10th when Sergio Garcia scored on a wild pitch.
Cal won today and snapped ASU's consecutive win in Pac-10 series.
Robbie McClellan (7-3) gave up 5 runs in the 1st inning and the Devils would not be able to recover. The bullpen gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. After Cal took a 5-0 lead, there was not a lot ASU was able to do to come back. ASU scored in the bottom of the 4th inning when Pedroia scored off of an Andre Ethier double. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Doug Schutt and Sergio Garcia scored, but it would not be enough as the Devils lost 9-3.
ASU travels to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to play Oklahoma State again, and will also travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame next Friday and Saturday.
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