Devils Split First Two Pac-10 Contests

The Arizona State Sun Devils opened up Pac-10 play this weekend, with a three game series against the Washington State Cougars. The series was scheduled to begin on Thursday, but after an electrical malfunction, the game was moved to a Friday double-header.

In game one, the Devils just couldn't seem to get the clutch hit when they needed it. The Devils managed only eight hits in the game, which they lost by a score of 6-1. Washington State starter, Jared Prince, held the Devils in check, allowing one run on six hits in six innings of work. Prince picked up the win in his efforts, to improve his record to 4-0 on the season. The only bright spots in the game for the Devils were the return of shortstop Andrew Romine, and a solo homerun by right fielder Colin Curtis. Romine, who was the teams starting shortstop a year ago, made his season debut in the game going 1-for-2. Romine had been sidelined due to a blood clot that required surgery this past off-season. Curtis finished the game 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI including the solo blast.

In game two, the tenth ranked Devils turned things around and got back on the winning side of things, by defeating the Cougars 8-3. Junior right-hander, Matt Trink, got the start for the Devils and did a solid job. Trink lasted four and a third innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk. Trink then handed the ball over to right-handed reliever Brady Martinez, who came in and delivered like he has so many times so far this season. Martinez finished out the game, allowing just one hit and no runs over the final four and two-thirds innings. Martinez also struck out seven Cougar batters, as he was just dominant on the mound. He also earned the win to improve his record to 3-0 on the year.

Offensively, the Devils were able to get the bats going this time, scoring the eight runs on 16 hits. Five Devils recorded more than one hit in the game, led by freshman catcher, Preston Paramore and junior outfielder, Rocky Laguna. Both Paramore and Laguna finished the game 3-for-5. Paramore also came up big in the clutch, driving in three runs while also scoring once. Andrew Romine showed why he was so valuable for this team this past season and why his teammates are excited to have him back, as he came up big with a two-run pinch-hit single that helped the Devils secure the victory.

The Devils are now 22-8 on the year and 1-1 in Pac-10 play. The two teams will face off in the rubber-match today at 1 p.m.

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