Devils Even Series with Huskies

The 12th ranked Sun Devils bounced back with a big win today, as they held off the Huskies 12-7. The Devils (24-10, 3-2) were able to get the bats going tonight, after recording just two hits and no runs in last night's loss. The Devils scored the 12 runs while pounding out 15 hits. The Huskies (22-12, 4-4) also committed three big errors, much like the Devils did a night ago, which helped the Devils pull away late.

The Devils took an early 4-1 lead after a three run third inning. Freshman catcher, Preston Paramore, helped drive in two of those runs with a two-run double down the left field line. The Devils increased their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth after allowing a run in the top half of the inning. This time it was fellow freshman Brett Wallace who knocked in a run and later scored on a big two out single by Paramore.

With a comfortable four run advantage it looked as if the Devils might cruise to victory. However the Dawgs wouldn't go down without a fight. The Huskies cut the lead to one run in the sixth, after a three run blast by Husky centerfielder Matt Hague. Sun Devil reliever Bret Bordes was the man responsible for the three-run shot over the right field fence, which came with two outs in the inning. The Huskies tied it up just an inning later, as Husky first baseman Curt Rindal got a hold of a Bordes pitch and sent it over the centerfield fence.

The Devils answered back in the bottom half of the inning, as the Devils went on to score six runs to put the game out of reach of the Huskies. Paramore added two more RBI's in the inning with his second two-run double of the game. On the day, Paramore finished with a career high five RBI's. Fellow freshman Ike Davis, Brett Wallace, and Matt Hall also were big contributors at the plate. Davis finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a triple. Wallace also scored three runs, while also driving in one in his three hit performance. Hall also recorded a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI.

Tony Barnette picked up his first win of the 2006 season in relief. Barnette (1-1) gave up a lone run in three innings of work, while striking out six Husky batters.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow in the rubber-match of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Freshman lefty, Jeff Urlaub (5-0, 1.91 ERA), is slated to make his return after missing the last couple of weeks with mono.

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