Devils Clobber Cats

The #13 Arizona State Sun Devils, got things started off on the right foot last night, as they blasted the instate rival Arizona Wildcats 15-6. The win helped the Devils to improve to 33-17 overall, and 11-8 in conference play. The Cats on the other hand, have had a rough season thus far, as they dropped to 22-27 overall and 7-12 in Pac 10 play. The win also kept the Devils in a tie for second place with the UCLA Bruins, and just two games back of the Pac 10 leading Oregon State Beavers.

Colin Curtis and the Arizona State bats were the difference in the big win. Curtis had a career night, as he drove in seven runs on five hits including two huge homeruns! As a team, the Devils pounded out 17 hits on their way to the nine run victory. Five Devils recorded a multi-hit game led by Curtis' 5-for-6 performance. The others included J.J. Sferra (2-for-2 with a run), Eric Sogard (2-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI), Brett Wallace (3-for-6, 1 R, 2 RBI's, 1 HR), and Seth Dhaenens (2-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI).

Curtis was the man who got the scoring barrage started with a three-run blast in the top of the third inning. From there the Devils never really looked back. After scoring two more in the fifth, the Devils put together a five-run sixth inning led by three monster homeruns. Both Curtis and Freshman Ike Davis, blasted two-run shots in the inning and fellow freshman Brett Wallace followed up Davis' shot with a solo homerun to put the Devils up 10-0.

The Devils got another strong pitching performance out of starter Tony Barnette. Barnette lasted six innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits, while striking out eight. The win helped improve Barnette's record to 5-1 on the season. Defensively the Devils struggled on the night. The five errors were the one negative aspect about last night's win. Brady Martinez came in to pitch the final three innings of the ball game. Martinez allowed just two hits and one run, as he picked up his first save of the year.

The two teams will go at it again this evening with a 6 p.m. start time at Kindall Field down in Tucson.

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