Devils Stay Alive in Regional

The Sun Devils were able to stay alive yesterday after dropping their first game to Baylor 3-2, but rebounding in game two with a 13-4 victory over Prairie View A&M. The Baylor game was delayed on Friday night due to weather and the two teams picked up were they left after Saturday afternoon.

Tony Barnette had started the game, but Josh Satow was called upon on Saturday to take over in the second inning. The Bears ended Satow's night early after scoring two in the third and one more in the fourth to take an early 3-0 lead. Freshman Brett Wallace finally got the Devils on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-1. The Devils bullpen kept it close the remainder of the game, as Darryl Arreola, Brett Bordes, and Brady Martinez combined to pitch 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just two hits.

The Devils made it interesting in the ninth, as they loaded the bases with just one out. After a sac-fly off the bat of outfielder, Ryan Sontag, Willy Fox struck out to end the game with the tying run in scoring position.

The Devils had to turn around and play an elimination game against the Prairie View A&M Panthers right after their tough loss to the Bears. The Panthers were in the loser bracket after dropping a close game to the #1 seeded Rice Owls.

The Devils didn't waste any time in game two, as they scored five times in both the second and third innings to take a commanding 10-0 lead. The Devils really never looked back, as they added three more runs on their way to a 13-4 victory. The Devils pounded out 16 hits in the game, led by outfielder Ryan Sontag, third baseman C.J. Retherford, and catcher Preston Paramore, who each recorded three hits in the game. Sontag also scored two and drove in two, and Retherford scored three runs for the Devils. Paramore and outfielder Colin Curtis led the team with three runs batted in on the day.

Barnette started game two, and pitched two scoreless innings. Brady Martinez took over from there and earned the victory in his effort. The win helped improve Martinez's record to 4-0 on the year. Retherford also got it done on the mound for the Devils, as he came in to finish out the last three innings to earn his first save of the year. Retherford allowed just one run on one hit while striking out three over the final three innings.

The win helped the Devils to keep their post-season dreams alive, although it's going to be a tough road to Omaha if the Devils look to get back. The Devils must now await the loser of the Rice vs. Baylor game, which will be played earlier today. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

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