Devils Split First Two Games at Bruins

The tenth ranked Sun Devils traveled to California this weekend for a three game series with the UCLA Bruins. The Devils got off to a great start Friday night, as they opened up the series with a 3-2 victory. The Devils were led by the strong pitching performance of lefty Josh Satow, who was on fire on the mound. Satow (3-0) struck out a career-high ten batters in just five innings of work on his way to his third victory of the season.

The Bruins managed just one run on three hits off Satow, who then handed it over to the bullpen to hold off the pesky Bruins. The Bruins did cut the lead to just one run and had the potential game-tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the ninth with fellow left-hander Brett Bordes on the mound. Bordes was able to get out of trouble to pick up his second save of the year thanks in large part to a risky base running blunder. UCLA centerfielder, Josh Roenicke, had led off the ninth with a single and moved up 90 ft. on a sac-bunt to get in scoring position. Roenicke then tried to steal third base, but was gunned down by Sun Devil catcher Preston Paramore ending the Bruins chances of a late comeback.

Offensively the Devils only recorded eight hits, but they were able to move runners over and get the key runs when they needed them most. Three Devils recorded a multi-hit game led by second baseman Eric Sogard, who finished the game 2-for-5 the eventual game winning RBI. Shortstop Andrew Romine also had two hits in the game, his first since experiencing some soreness after the UofA game. Romine finished 2-for-4 with a run. Romine got the scoring started for the Devils after leading off the fifth inning with a double. Freshman outfielder, Brett Wallace, also recorded two hits for the Devils and infielder Frank Mesa continued to produce at the plate going 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI.

In Saturday's match up, the Bruins got their own dose of outstanding pitching, as the Devils were held to just one run on two hits in a 5-1 Bruin victory. Bruin pitcher, Dave Huff, was magnificent on the mound, as he pitched the complete game allowing just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out six. Huff improved his record to 5-2 on the year. Sun Devil started, Jeff Urlaub, who was making his second start after battling back from Mono, had a rough first inning giving up two Bruin runs, but settled down allowing just one run over his next five innings of work. Unfortunately for Urlaub, his solid outing wouldn't be enough, as he received his first loss of the year to drop his record to 5-1. Sun Devil freshman, Ike Davis and Brett Wallace were the only two Devils that recorded a hit in the game.

The Devils dropped to 28-13 on the year and 7-4 in the Pac 10, which is just one game better than the Bruins, who improved to 22-16 and 6-5 in Pac 10 play. Tomorrow's rubber-match game will be a big one, as both teams will be trying to move up in the conference standings.

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