ASU got a solid pitching performance from Jered Liebeck today, as he struck out a career high 8 Trojans, while lasting 7 innings. Ryan
Schroyer came in relief, giving up 1 run in 2 innings pitched, earning his team leading 6th save on the year.
ASU scored first when Cesar Castillo reached on a fielder's choice, which scored Rod Allen. Allen had earlier began the 2nd inning with a single to left field. The Devils would increase their 1-0 lead, when Bryce Kartler, who was
hitting DH, doubled to right center, scoring Allen and Jeremy West.
USC would add 1 run in the top of the 9th, but the Devils would prevail,
and won the game 3-1.
The inconsistency of the bullpen is what killed the Devils today, as ASU blew a 5-1 lead, as USC would score 8 runs in the last innings to win the
Robbie McClellan got the start and lasted 6 innings, giving up just 1 run. he bullpen trio of Mark Sopko, Bryce Kartler, and Josh Perrault gave up the 8 runs in 3 innings pitched. The Devils took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Jeremy West tripled to the left center gap, scoring Dustin Pedroia. After USC added a run in the 3rd inning and tied the game up, the Devils broke the ted when Sergio Garcia scored off of a Nick Cadena single.
After the Devils took the 2-1 lead, USC would score 8 unanswered runs to
take an 8-2 lead. ASU's rally would fall short, as they would score 3 runs
in the bottom of the 9th inning and lost 9-5.
The Devils pounded out their highest run total in the 1st inning this year,
with the crucial series clinching win against the Pac 10 leading Trojans.
Mike Esposito got the start and lasted 4 innings, giving up 6 runs. But it was Carlos Arguello who earned the win, pitching 5 innings giving up 2 runs. After USC took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, ASU stormed back and scored 8 runs in their half of the inning. The Devils were sparked early in the inning by a Cesar Castillo 2 run double, which gave ASU a 4-1 lead.
Earlier in the inning, Steve Garrabrants and Sergio Garcia had scored. After a couple of sacrifice flies, the Devils took an 8-1 lead after the 1st inning.
USC came back and scored 1 run in the 3rd inning, and 4 runs in the 4th to cut the Devil's lead to 3 runs, but ASU came back with 2 runs in their
half of the 4th when Jeff Larish singled to right field scoring Garcia and Garrabrants. In the 5th inning, the Devils were sparked by a Nick Cadena home run and 2 runs scored by Garrabrants and Garcia. USC would add 2 more runs in the 8th inning, but the Devils added 4 more in the 8th also when Nick Cadena hit his 2nd home run of the game, scoring 3. The Devils would add 1 more run and won the game 17-8.
ASU will face Oregon State next weekend in a crucial season finale match
up at HoHoKam Stadium.
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