Baseball Weekend Wrapup

The 19th ranked ASU baseball team traveled to Northern California this past weekend to play the #7 ranked Stanford Cardinal. ASU is now 28-18 on the season after dropping 2 out of 3.

Friday

The Devils faced one of the premier pitchers in the nation in Jeremy Guthrie and were in every way dominated by his outstanding performance. He struck out, while going the distance. Jered Liebeck got the Friday start, and had a decent outing. He lasted 5 innings, scattering 5 hits and 3 runs. Reliever Carlos Arguello pitched the last 3 innings, as he only gave up a 2 run homerun.

Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning, and would add 2 more runs in the 5th inning before ASU was able to score. The only runs the Devils would score would be a 3 run home run by Jeff Larish, which scored Rod Allen and Jeremy West. After that tied the game up at 3-3, Stanford added 2 more runs in their half of the 6th, and ended up winning 5-3.

Saturday

ASU came back and earned a well deserved 10-2 victory today. Lead by a 5 run 1st inning, the Devils never looked back after. Mike Esposito improved his record to 8-5 with the victory and Bryce Kartler earned his 5th Save of the year for his 4 innings pitched.

ASU got on the board when Rod Allen doubled to left field, scoring Dustin Pedroia. He would score along with Jeremy West on the next at bat when Jeff Larish drove them in. Next up was Nick Cadena, and he hit his 4th home run of the year.

Jeff Larish would be crucial once again in the 3rd inning, when he tripled to right center, scoring West. After taking a 9-0 lead, Stanford did get on the board with a run in the 7th inning, but it would not be enough as ASU won 10-2.

Sunday

In the rubber match, the Devils were not able to overcome the dominance of the Stanford defense. The game remained scoreless until the 6th inning when Stanford broke it open with 2 runs, including a solo home run. ASU would cut the lead in half in the 8th inning when Sergio Garcia hit his 1st home run of the year. Stanford would add 1 more run, and won the game 3-1.

ASU plays the University of Portland on Tuesday and Thursday, then hosts USC next weekend.

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