Devils Coast Vs. Nittany Lions

The #17 Arizona State Sun Devils handled the Penn State Nittany Lions with ease tonight, as the Devils (20-7) throttled the Lions (4-15) by a score of 15-5. The win was the 20 for the Devils this year, and improved their home record to 15-2 on the season.

The Devils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back from there. The Devils looked as if they were out there taking batting practice, recording 15 runs on 20 hits including nine extra base hits. The Devils put the game out of reach early after scoring six runs in the third and five more in the fourth. Freshman catcher, Preston Paramore, got things going for the Devils in the third with a leadoff double. After two consecutive outs, sophomore infielder Eric Sogard kept the inning alive with a two out double that started the scoring onslaught. Freshman sensation, Ike Davis, followed up Sogard's double with a two-run bomb over the right field fence.

Sophomore third baseman, Willy Fox, was then hit by a pitch, followed by a single by second baseman, Seth Dhaenens. Freshman first baseman, Brett Wallace, ripped the second double of the inning to score Fox, which set up outfielder, Ryan Sontag's, two-run triple, which capped off the six-run inning. The Devils continued their hot hitting the very next inning scoring five more times. Three of the runs came courtesy of Willy Fox's bases loaded double, which cleared the bases.

On the night, six Devils recorded a multi-hit game, led by outfielders Colin Curtis and Ryan Sontag. Both players ended up 3-for-5 on the night including a run scored. Curtis also drove in a run, while Sontag recorded two RBI's. Sophomores, . J.J. Sferra and Eric Sogard, each had a pair of hits and a pair of runs. Sogard also drove in two for the Devils. The Freshman trio of Davis, Wallace, and Paramore combined for six hits (two a piece), six runs, (Davis 2, Wallace 3, Paramore 1), and five RBI's (Davis 2, Wallace 2, Paramore 1). Davis' homerun was his fourth of the season, which ties Sogard for the team lead.

Right-hander Frank Mesa, gave the Devils a solid starting performance on the mound. Mesa gave up two runs in four innings of work, but couldn't get through the fifth inning to earn himself the victory. Mesa also struck out seven Nittany Lion batters on the night. Relief pitcher, Brady Martinez, continues to be a reliable arm out of the pen for Sun Devil skipper Pat Murphy. Martinez (2-0) earned the win for the Devils, after pitching four strong innings. Martinez was charged for three runs on six hits, while striking out eight. Right-hander, Tony Barnette, closed out the ninth to end the game. On the night, the three pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters. The Devils will be looking to break out the brooms tomorrow, as the Devils go for the sweep. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Packard Stadium.

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