Devils Tame Tigers, Sweep Series

The brooms were out in Tempe today, as the Arizona State Sun Devils completed their three game sweep of the Auburn Tigers by defeating them 8-1. The win was the fourth straight for the Devils (14-5), who outscored the Tigers (8-8) 34-6 in the three game series.

The Devils positioned themselves for the sweep by defeating the Tigers in yesterday's game by a score of 12-3. The bats didn't cool down from Friday's impressive 14-2 victory, as the Devils pounded out 14 more hits on the day. The Tigers had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the top half of the first inning. The score would remain the same until the bottom of the fourth when the Devils tied the game up after an RBI single by freshman first baseman, Brett Wallace, and a RBI sacrifice fly by fellow freshman, Preston Paramore. The Devils took the lead for good an inning later, as the Devils put four more runs on the board after some Tiger miscues defensively.

The Devils broke out for six more runs in the bottom of the eighth to give the Devils a comfortable nine run cushion going into the ninth inning. Four of the six runs came on two swings, as right fielder, Colin Curtis, ripped a two-run double and third baseman, C.J. Retherford, drove in two with a single a few batters later.

The bullpen came up big for the Devils, as four pitchers combined to give up a single run in eight innings of work. Sophomore left-handed pitcher, Josh Satow, did a great in relief. In his three innings of work Satow allowed just four hits and didn't let the Tigers add to their early lead. Senior, Daryl Arreola, picked up his first win of the season. Arreola pitched 2.1 innings allowing just one run (unearned), while not allowing a single hit and striking out four.

Four Devils led the way with two hits each. Freshman sensation, Ike Davis, continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Paramore also registered two hits in the game, and ended the day 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI's. Joe Persichina and J.J. Sferra each went 2-for-4 on the day with a run batted in. Persichina also scored one run, while Sferra added two runs. Curtis finished the day with the lone double, but added three RBI's to his season total.

The Devils didn't let up on Sunday, as they continued to dominate the Tigers in all aspects of the game. The Devils gained the early lead in the third inning and never looked back. Freshman lefty, Ike Davis, got the starting nod on the mound for the Devils, and pitched a solid four innings before being replaced. The bullpen was able to answer the call for the second straight day, and this time combined to throw six scoreless innings of baseball. Sidearm specialists, Brett Bordes and Brady Martinez were called upon for the second straight day, and both answered by not allowing a run as they did the previous day. Bordes picked up the win for his effort, and in doing so, improved his record to 2-1 on the year. Martinez gave up just two hits in an inning and two-thirds, while striking out three. Junior closer, Zechry Zinicola, came in and closed the door for the Devils, fanning four Tiger batters in his 2.1 innings of work.

Offensively, freshman, Ike Davis and Matt Hall, and sophomore centerfielder J.J. Sferra led the Devils. Davis was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Hall went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Sferra, was also 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI, and was named the offensive player of the game.

The Devils will have their work cut out for them next weekend, as they travel to Texas for the Corpus Christi Classic to face Texas A&M, No. 1 Rice, and TCU. The Devils will then venture on down to Austin to face the defending National Champion Texas Longhorns for a game on March 14. The Devils open up the tournament Friday with Texas A&M. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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