Devils Squeak by Cougars

In last week's Coca-Cola Classic, where the Sun Devils lost three straight, skipper Pat Murphy said: "We don't have a true starting pitcher right now. All of our guys are relief pitchers." On Friday night, it was none other than those same late inning hurlers who helped notch a precious 4-3 victory against Houston at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

Arizona State jumped to a solid 2-0 start after the opening inning. Ike Davis drove in a run with a ground-rule double and Joe Persichina's sacrifice fly netted a second teammate across the plate. Davis wasn't done bringing Sun Devils home, as his single in the third inning drove in Willie Fox.

Davis' work on the mound, on the other hand, wasn't as stellar. Houston answered in the ensuing inning with a three-run blast by Brian Temko, which knotted the game at 3-3. The freshman finished the night with three runs given up on a trio of hits. Pat Bresnehan replaced Davis in the fifth, and in the bottom half of that inning the maroon and gold scored their winning run. Slugger Colin Curtis belted a single deep into right field, and that's all Ryan Sontag needed to score the last run of the game.

Bresnehan (3-1), who was credited with the win gave up four hits in three innings of work. Closer Zechry Zinicola sealed the deal as he held the visitors hitless in inning and a third, while earning his third save in 2006. Houston's Matt Farrington was saddled with the defeat, and put his overall record this year at 0-2.

At the plate Davis was 2-3 with a pair of RBI's. Brett Wallace, another ASU newcomer was also 2-3. The now 6-4 Devils host the 3-3 Cougars Saturday at 1 PM. Freshman Jeff Urlaub will make his first ever start in the collegiate ranks as he faces Houston's Brad Lincoln.

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