Devils Trounce Tigers

The Arizona State Sun Devils won in grand fashion last night, as they trounced the Auburn Tigers 14-2. The Devils (12-5) must have been seeing beach balls instead of baseballs at the plate, as they pounded out 18 hits on the night. Freshman Ike Davis was at it again, as he hit his second grand slam in as many games, and drove in a career high seven runs. Fellow freshman, Jeff Urlaub, was also brilliant once again, earning his fourth straight victory to improve his record to 4-0 on the year.

Davis has been on a tear as of late. In Tuesday's victory over the Red Raiders, he blasted his first collegiate homerun with the bases loaded and drove in five runs. Not to be outdone by his earlier performance this week, Davis ripped another round tripper in the fifth the give the Devils a commanding 13-0 lead at the time. The night started off great for Davis and the Devils, as they put up six runs in the first to take a comfortable 6-0 lead. Davis just missed hitting a homer that inning, as he started the two out rally with a deep shot to center, which bounced over the wall for a ground rule double. Davis drove in leftfielder Ryan Sontag, who started off the inning with a triple. The Devils continued the two out rally, and set up a bases loaded triple for centerfielder J.J. Sferra. Who tried for the inside the park homerun, but was gunned down at home to finally end the Devil barrage.

Davis finished 4-for-5 on the day with two runs scored and the career high seven RBI's. Sontag also delivered from the lead off spot, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Sferra raised his team leading batting average to .391, by going 3-for-5 with a run including the three run triple. Second baseman, Eric Sogard, blasted his team leading third homerun of the year, and finished the night 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Right fielder Colin Curtis also recorded a multi-hit game for the Devils going 2-for-6 with two runs scored.

As great as the Devils were at the plate, the same could be said about the pitching on the night. Urlaub has been dazzling on the mound since he was inserted into the starting rotation. Last night was no different, as the lefty pitched seven solid innings while allowing just one run on seven hits. Urlaub also struck out five Tiger batters, and has recorded team-high 25 strikeouts on the year to go along with his team best 1.93 ERA and four wins.

The Devils hope to continue the stellar play, as they face the Tigers again today at Brock Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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