Devils Lose Heartbreaker to Tigers

Arizona State and Missouri locked up in a classic pitchers duel on Friday night in Surprise, with the Sun Devils coming up on the short end of the stick, falling to the Tigers 3-2.

Josh Satow, starting his third game as a Sun Devil, pitched into the 8th inning while holding the Tigers to five hits and striking out eight. Not to be outdone, sophomore left hander, Rick Zagone, kept his Tiger team in the game, throwing 6 2/3 while only surrendering five hits and two runs.

ASU jumped out to a quick lead, scoring in each of the first two innings thanks to a leadoff home run by first baseman, Brett Wallace, and a two-out, RBI single in the second inning by center fielder, Jarred Bogany.

The Devils held onto their 2-0 lead all the way until the 8th inning, when a tiring pitcher and a frustrated offense brought about the demise of the hopes for Sun Devil victory. Satow took the mound in the 8th inning but struggled with his command as the Tiger offense forced him to throw 25 pitches in the inning drawing enough walks to load the bases and bring Satow's night to an early end.

The option for relief was senior right hander, Matt Trink. Trink made an immediate impact, striking out Tiger second baseman, Brock Bond, on five pitches to bring up slugging first baseman, John McKee. McKee worked the count to 2-2 when a pitch that appeared to be on the bottom of the strike zone was called a ball, bringing the count full. McKee jumped on the full-count fastball from Trink, lining it just over the mitt of a sprawling Matt Spencer in left field. The 2-out double from McKee cleared the bases, and gave the Tigers the lead for good, 3-2.

The Devils would not go down without a fight, however, as they came up in the ninth inning looking to move a run across the plate. Sending six men to the plate, and eventually loading the bases, the Devils were unable to finish the rally, coming up just short after the LSU transfer, Bogany, failed to make contact on the final swing of the game, becoming winning pitcher - Greg Folgia's third and final strikeout victim of the game.

The loss moves ASU to 6-2 on the season, while moving Missouri up to 4-1. The Sun Devils take the field on Saturday at 3 P.M. in the second game of their three-game trip up to Surprise as they take on the defending national champion Oregon State Beavers who, in the early game on Friday, suffered their first defeat of the season, 6-5 to the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

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