Sizzling Seventh Nets Victory for Sun Devils

The #18 Arizona State Sun Devils picked up a much needed win Friday night, as they beat the #5 Oregon State Beavers 10-3. The win improved the Devils record to 31-16 overall and 9-7 in conference play. The Beavers fell to 34-12 and 11-5 in Pac 10 games. The Devils, who have lost their last two Pac 10 series, needed to get off to a good start in this series and came through with a big eight run seventh inning to do just that.

Early on the starting pitching was the story of the game, as the Beavers held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Right-hander, Tony Barnette got the start for the Devils and came through with his best pitching performance in his Sun Devil career. Barnette was dominant on the mound allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of work. Barnette picked up the win for the Devils improving his record to 4-1 on the year.

Beaver ace, Dallas Buck, was also cruising along until the seventh. The loss was just the second of the season for Buck, who dropped to 9-2 on the year.

Offensively the Devils were held in check until the seventh inning onslaught. The Devils did take an early 1-0 lead, as they struck first on a Brett Wallace sacrifice fly that scored Colin Curtis. After falling behind 2-1, the Devils answered back with the eight run seventh. In the seventh, Eric Sogard, Ike Davis, J.J. Sferra, C.J. Retherford, and Seth Dhanens knocked in a run each, and freshman catcher, Preston Paramore, knocked in two with a two-run double.

The Devils recorded 11 total hits on the night, as eight out of the 10 Devils who made a plate appearance recorded t least one hit. Freshman sensation, Ike Davis, led the way with three hits. Davis finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI's. Outfielder, Eric Sogard, was the only other Devils to record a multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Fellow outfielder, Colin Curtis, finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

The Devils will look for another win tonight, as they battle the Beavers in game two at Packard Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

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