Devils Impressive in Road Series Win

The Arizona State Sun Devils came away with a big road series victory this weekend, as the Devils defeated the Baylor Bears in two out of the three games played in Waco, Texas. The Devils improved their overall record to 10-5 with the two wins and handed the Bears their first two losses of the season, as they now sit at 6-2 overall.

The series was scheduled to begin on Friday, but Mother Nature had plans of it's own, and Friday's opener had to be moved to a Saturday doubleheader due to rain. This didn't faze the Devils, as they extended their winning streak to five games by taking both games of the doubleheader with a 9-5 victory in game one and a convincing 11-3 rout in game two.

After the clouds cleared on Saturday, the Devils quickly heated things up in game one, scoring six runs in the first three innings to take an early 6-0 lead. Freshman pitcher, Ike Davis, also came out firing on the mound, cruising through the first four innings without allowing a run. The Devils put up another run in the fifth to give Davis a comfortable 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning. That comfortable was a short-lived one, as the Bears put together a four run inning, which ended Davis' day early. Davis finished the game with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work while giving up four runs on just two hits. Davis' downfall was his control, as he walked five Bear batters on the day.

The Devils were able to hold off any late rally attempts by the Bears, thanks in large part to relief pitchers, Brett Bordes and Zechry Zinicola. Bordes (1-1) had been struggling as of late, got things together Saturday to earn his first win of the season. Bordes gave up just one run on one hit in 3.2 innings of work while striking our four. Zinicola relieved Bordes in the ninth and retired all three batters he faced.

At the plate, five Devils recorded a multi-hit game led by first baseman Willy Fox and centerfielder J.J. Sferra who each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Both players also scored a run each and drove in two in the game. Outfielder Ryan Sontag (2-for-4, 2 R), third baseman C.J. Retherford (2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI), and shortstop Frank Mesa (2-for-4, 1 R) were the other Devils that recorded more than one hit in the game.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Devils didn't let up, as they scored two runs in the first and a one run in each of the next three innings. That was all the support freshman pitcher Jeff Urlaub would need, as he was brilliant in his second straight start for the Devils. Urlaub (3-0) finished the day allowing 3 runs (two earned), on five hits and two walks. Urlaub also struck out six Baylor batters on the day. Junior reliever Brady Martinez came in for Urlaub and pitched two scoreless innings, not allowing a hit while striking out three to close out the game.

At the plate the Devils ended up with 11 runs on 14 hits and were once again led by the hot hitting of leadoff man Ryan Sontag, third baseman C.J. Retherford, and centerfielder J.J. Sferra. Sontag went 3-for-4 in the game with three runs scored and three RBI's including two walks. Retherford added three more hits to his total, going 3-for-5 with one run and two RBI's. Sferra and designated hitter Ike Davis both recorded two hits in game two. Sferra was 2-for-3 and Davis went 2-for-4 with four huge RBI's. Shortstop Frank Mesa, wasn't able to record a hit in game two, however he did draw two walks, scored three runs, and managed to knock in one. Outfielder Colin Curtis and first baseman Willy Fox each scored two runs in the game and Curtis also added another RBI to his season total.

In the series finale Sunday, it looked as if the Devils might be poised to pull off the sweep. However, the Bears didn't let up. Down 3-2 in the seventh the Bears rallied to score three runs and held on to salvage the last game 5-3. The Devils managed just six hits on the day, led by right fielder Colin Curtis' 2-for-2 performance, which included two RBI's and two walks. Freshman slugger Brett Wallace clubbed his second homerun of the year in the losing cause.

The Devils return back to Tempe to host the Texas Tech Red Raiders for a one game match-up on Tuesday followed by a three game set with the Auburn Tigers beginning on Friday.

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