Devils Edge Owl in Extra Frames

When playing on a neutral field, blind luck sometimes determines who the home team will be. For their match-up against top-ranked Rice, in the Whataburger College Classic, ASU was chosen as the home team and did it ever pay off. The maroon and gold tied the game in the ninth and won it an inning later and in dramatic fashion 6-5.

Ike Davis didn't fair well at the plate, giving up two runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Pat Bresnehan replaced Davis on the mound, but wasn't able to reverse his team's fortunes as he gave up two more runs to give the Owls a commanding 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. However, from here on out it was all Sun Devil domination. Austin Stockfish started the scoring for the Sun Devils as he drove in Davis in the bottom of the fourth. Rice scored for the last time in the seventh, and then saw their 5-1 lead disappear.

Rice starter Joe Savery, who baffled ASU all day with seven strikeouts and only one run given up, had to leave after 104 pitches. Ultimately, Rice wishes that he could have pitched a complete game, because the Sun Devils feasted on Cole St. Clair who replaced Savery in the bottom of the seventh. ASU loaded the bases, and CJ Retherford drove in two runners to make it a 5-3 deficit. Later in the inning, one of the Owls' four errors on the day knocked in Retherford himself and ASU was down only one run. In the ninth Rocky Laguna pinch ran for Davis, stole second base, and was the beneficiary of another Retherford RBI that knotted the game at 5-5. Zechry Zinicola, who was credited with the win, mowed down his opponents with five strikeouts and got out of jam in the tenth. In the bottom of that inning, an intentional walk was issued to Colin Curtis, and with the bases loaded Wily Fox drove in J.J. Sferra to give the maroon and gold a dramatic win over one its toughest opponents thus far in 2006.

Arizona State will play their last game in the Whataburger College Classic when they play TCU at 10:30 Arizona time.

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