Extra Innings Victory Nets Series Win Over UW

The 12th ranked Sun Devils came away with a huge come from behind victory today, as they defeated the Washington Huskies in extra innings 8-7. The win gave the Devils the series victory, and helped improve their overall record to 25-10 and 4-2 in Pac 10 play.

The Devils found themselves in an early 6-2 hole after the top of the sixth inning. However, in the bottom half of the inning, junior right fielder, Colin Curtis, ripped a three-run blast over the right field fence to bring the Devils to within one run. The Devils went on to score one more run to tie things up at six.

The Huskies regained the lead after scoring a run in the eighth and held their lead into ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore infielder, Willy Fox, got things started with a leadoff double. After a strikeout and a walk, junior infielder Seth Dhaenens was called upon to pinch-hit. Dhaenens came trough in the clutch by stroking a single up the middle to bring the tying run home and more importantly keep the Devils alive.

The Devils couldn't drive home the winning run in the ninth, so the game would have to be decided in extra innings. After a scoreless tenth, freshman catcher, Preston Paramore, helped the Devils get the wheels turning in the eleventh with a leadoff single. Frank Mesa moved Paramore over with a perfectly placed sac bunt. Dhaenens was the next man up, and he came through for his team again with another single that advanced Paramore over to third. With the infield and outfield now drawn in, sophomore centerfielder J.J. Sferra showed that he still has some extra inning heroics left in him. Sferra singled home Paramore to give the Devils the series clinching victory.

Junior left-hander, Brett Bordes (5-1) picked up the win in relief, as he didn't allow a run over the last inning and two-thirds. Zechry Zinicola also came up big on the mound for the Devils. Zinicola helped keep the Devils close after coming into the game in the fifth inning. Zinicola allowed just one run in 4.1 innings of work, while striking out three.

The Devils will stay in town next weekend, as they host the Trojans of USC in a three game series. The first game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch on Thursday night.

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