Devils Hold on to Victory

The Sun Devils were able to bounce back Saturday afternoon and erase a three game skid, as they overcame a late Cardinal rally and held on for an 11-7 victory. The win helped the Devils improve their record to 29-15 on the year and 8-6 in conference play.

The game also saw the return of Sun Devil pitcher Zechry Zinicola, who got the nod on the mound for the Devils. Zinicola was reinstated by head coach Pat Murphy for the weekend series after serving a suspension for unspecified reasons. Zinicola's return would be short-lived, as Zinicola allowed four runs on four hits in just two innings of work.

The Devils had given Zinicola a 6-1 lead before his departure after scoring two runs in the second inning and four more in the third. Freshman, Ike Davis, got the scoring started for the maroon and gold, as he drove home outfielder, Colin Curtis. Davis then came around to score himself on a bunt single by outfielder, Rocky Laguna. Freshman sensation, Ike Davis wasn't done quite yet. The very next inning he drove home two more with a two-run single and was later knocked in, in the four-run third after a two-run double down the line off the bat of C.J. Retherford.

After the Cardinal's three run third, which cut the lead to 6-4, the Devils answered back with two more runs in the fourth. Once again it was Davis who added to the lead with a RBI single. Davis finished the day 3-for-6 with two runs scored, and four RBI's, which added to his team leading RBI total of 53. The Cardinals weren't ready to give in just yet. They added one more run in the sixth and two in the seventh to cut the Devil's lead to just one run at 8-7.

The Devils added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, to increase the lead to 11-7. Freshman utility man, Brett Wallace, who came in as a late inning replacement, came through with a two-run single in the inning. The Cardinals did make head coach Pat Murphy sweat it out in the ninth, as they loaded the bases with two men out before hitting a lazy fly ball to end the game. Tony Barnette picked up the win for the Devils to improve his record to 2-1 on the year.

Barnette, who came in to the ballgame for Zinicola, allowed just one run on two hits, and three walks in 3.2 innings of work. Barnette also struck out five Cardinal batters on the day. Left-hander, Brett Bordes, didn't allow a run over the final two and a third to pick up his third save of the season.

The two teams will go at it again today in what will be the rubber-match to decide the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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