Devils Win Series in Convincing Fashion

The Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team walked away with a win and the series Sunday afternoon, as they crushed the Cal State Northridge Matadors 8-1. The Devils were led by the strong pitching performance of junior right-hander Pat Bresnehan.

Bresnehan (1-0), who saw action last season as both a starter and reliever, will be relied upon heavily by head coach Pat Murphy and team. Well, he definitely didn't disappoint tonight. Bresnehan looked great in his first outing of the 2006 season, allowing one run on just four hits in 7.2 innings of work. Bresnehan also recorded three strikeouts and walked just one batter, and also gave the bullpen a much-needed rest.

The Devils bats also came through today and gave Bresnehan plenty of support in the victory. The Devils recorded 14 hits on the day including three homeruns. Sophomore infielder, Eric Sogard, led the Devils, as he was perfect at the plate going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI's, including a solo homerun and double. Shortstop, Matt Hall, also came up big at the plate for the Devils, as it was a night of first's for the true freshman. He recorded his first collegiate hit, run, RBI, and homerun on the day. He finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI's. Both RBI's came on Hall's blast in the fourth that sailed over the leftfield fence and gave the Devils a 5-1 lead at the time.

Not to be outdone by Hall, fellow freshman Brett Wallace also recorded his first hit, run, RBI, and homerun of his collegiate career, as he came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh and crushed a pitch over the right field fence. Hopefully this will be a sign of things to come form the two talented freshmen. Coach Murphy himself, said that this year's team actually has more power than the 2005 club, which featured the all-time homerun leader in ASU history, Jeff Larish. Other notables at the plate included outfielders Ryan Sontag and J.J. Sferra, who both finished the day 2-for-4. Freshman left-hander, Jeff Urlaub, also looked good in his first appearance in a Sun Devil uniform. Urlaub, was perfect in an inning and a third and struck out the side in the ninth.

The Devils look to continue their winning ways next weekend, as thy host the Northern Illinois Huskies in a three-game series, which begins Friday at Packard Stadium. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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