Devils Edge Sooners with Ninth Inning Rally

The luck of the Irish was with Arizona State on St. Patrick's Day Friday night as they were able to pluck another victory from the claws of defeat, this time against the Oklahoma Sooners. Facing a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Sun Devils were able to manufacture three runs to earn the victory, 8-7, over the Sooners.

The ninth inning started off when leftfielder, Ryan Sontag, was able to work an eight pitch leadoff walk. Right Fielder Colin Curtis was then able to drive in Sontag with his third RBI double of the game, after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by JJ Sferra, which ended up causing Curtis to get thrown out at third, shortstop Eric Sogard stepped to the plate and hit a triple down the right field line to score Sferra, and tie up the game at seven.

With Sogard on at third base, Oklahoma manager Sunny Golloway went to his bullpen bringing in Joseph Hughes who promptly intentionally walked Ike Davis and Willy Fox to load up the bases. Second baseman Seth Dhaenens then lined the game winning infield hit right at the Oklahoma shortstop, Freddy Rodriguez, who was unable to turn the shot into an out and gave the Sun Devils the 8-7 victory.

ASU, coming off a Texas road trip where they won three of four games, were wearing special green hats and socks for St. Patrick's Day. They had their Irish magic working early against the Sooner pitcher, Daniel McCutchen, scoring in each of the first four innings, highlighted by a first inning homerun by shortstop Eric Sogard. McCutchen then settled down after four innings to finish the game with 10 strikeouts and five runs.

To Curtis, the pitcher did not matter as he hit three opposite-field doubles in the game, two against McCutchen, and one against Will Savage, driving in half of ASU's eight-run total. Curtis currently has a hit streak of 21-games. The starting pitcher for ASU, Ike Davis, was rolling along until the fifth inning when, after he started the inning by striking out the first two hitters, the Sooner offense exploded with five straight hits off of Davis and his reliever, Daryl Arreola to run their lead to 7-5.

Brady Martinez earned his first victory for ASU after he came in for relief of Brett Bordes in the ninth inning.

The series continues tomorrow with a 6:00 p.m. start time as ASU tries to continue their 13-game home winning streak.

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