Devils Sweep Cougars in Comeback Win

The Arizona State Sun Devils collected their third straight win Sunday afternoon, as they pulled off the series sweep with an 8-6 victory over the Houston Cougars. This was a big weekend for the Devils (8-4), especially considering the fact that they were swept themselves in last weekend's Coca-Cola Classic Tournament.

The Devils fell behind early, as starting pitcher Drew Bowman just couldn't seem to get his stuff working for him on the mound. Bowman allowed three runs over the first two innings and was quickly pulled in favor of Josh Satow out of the bullpen. Satow didn't fair much better, giving up two runs of his own over the next inning and a third.

With the Cougars (3-5) leading 5-1 after three innings of play, the Devils bats woke up and the bullpen finally came through to offer some relief. The Devils added two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to tie the score up at five. The Devils took their first lead of the day in the seventh after freshman catcher Preston Paramore blasted his first career collegiate homerun. Paramore went on to knock in two more runs in the eighth, which provided the Devils with a three run cushion going into the final inning. Paramore finished the day 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI's. Junior right fielder, Colin Curtis, also played a big part in the Sun Devil comeback. Curtis finished the day 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI's. Fellow outfielder J.J. Sferra also recorded two hits on the day, going 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI.

The bullpen was brilliant after the rough start, allowing just one run over the six innings. Seniors, Brett Bordes and Daryl Arreola, combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings in relief, and recorded two strikeouts each. Junior right-hander, Zechry Zinicola, pitched the final three innings to earn his first win of the season. Zinicola (1-0), allowed just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.

The Devils will have their work cut out for them next weekend, as the team travels to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears. The Bears lost a majority of their starters from last years College World Series team, but they have always put together a solid ball club on the field and are currently 4-0 in their 2006 campaign. The first game of the three game series gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday at Baylor Ballpark.

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