Devils Tame Nittany Lions

The #17 Arizona State Sun Devils began their three game series against the Penn State Nittany Lions tonight in Tempe, and the Devils got things started off on a good note with an 8-5 victory.

After two innings of play, the Devils (19-7) found themselves in an early 5-2 hole. The Devils did hold an early 2-1 lead after the first inning, thanks to a RBI triple by Sun Devil first baseman Willy Fox, and a RBI single by freshman DH, Ike Davis. Davis also started the game on the mound for the Devils, but he didn't seem to have his stuff working for him tonight. Davis gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in just an inning and two-thirds.

After Davis' early departure, the Nittany Lion (4-14) bats would be held in check the rest of the night, thanks to the unyielding performances of Sun Devil relievers Daryl Arreola and Brett Bordes. Both pitchers lasted three and one-third innings, while allowing just one hit each. Arreola also struck out four, while Bordes recorded three K's and picked-up the win on the night to improve his record to 3-1 on the year. Arreola also lowered his team leading ERA to 1.10 in 16.1 innings of work.

While Arreola and Bordes were doing their thing on the mound, outfielder Colin Curtis and Ike Davis got things heated up at the plate. After the Devils scored two runs in bottom of the fourth, Davis tied things up in the fifth with a double down the leftfield line that scored Willy Fox. The Devils took the lead just an inning later, after Davis once again doubled home Fox. This time Davis drove the ball to left-center with two outs in the inning. The Devils added to their lead in the seventh, with RBI singles by freshman catcher, Preston Paramore, and Colin Curtis.

Davis finished the night 3-for-4 with the two doubles, a walk, a steal, and three RBI's. Davis now leads the team with 37 RBI's on the year in just 26 games played. Curtis finished 2-for-5 with a RBI and one stolen base. Fox was just 1-for-4 on the night, but he also drew a walk, stole a base, drove in a run, and scored three times.

After getting into a little trouble in the ninth, Bordes then handed the ball over to junior closer, Zechry Zinicola. Zinicola answered the call, by blowing the next two batters away to give the Devils their 19 win of the season. The save was Zinicola's fourth of the season.

The Devils and Nittany Lions will continue their three game set tomorrow, with a 6 p.m. start time.

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