Devils Blow an Eight Run Lead

An eight run lead wasn't enough for the Devils Saturday afternoon, as the #23 Auburn Tigers came back from an eight run deficit to defeat the #10 Sun Devils 11-8.

The Devils were able to build the early lead thanks to some clutch hitting, including a solo homerun off the bat of Tim Smith, that got the scoring started in the second inning. The Devils put up four more runs in the third and three more in the fourth, but would fail to score over the next five innings as the tigers came roaring back.

The wheels feel off for starting pitcher Brian Flores and the Devils in the fifth inning, as Tigers scored seven times to cut the lead to just 8-7. Five of the seven runs in the fifth were unearned, and came after a costly error that kept the inning alive. Second baseman, Eric Sogard, and right fielder, Ike Davis, collided while trying to get to a fly ball to short right field. Flores was relieved by freshman pitcher, Mike Leake, but he didn't fair much better, giving up three runs in the six, which would give the Tigers a 10-8 lead.

Tiger catcher, Josh Donaldson, was the man who gave the Tigers their first lead of the series, with a big three-run, two out blast over the left field fence. Leake ended up with the loss, his first of the year to drop his record to 3-1.

The Devils had a chance to make it interesting in the eighth, as they loaded the bases with just one out. The threat came to an end after pinch-hitter, Rocky Laguna, grounded into a double play. Leadoff hitter, Andrew Romine, led all Devils with three hits in five at bats, including two runs scored and three RBI's.

The two teams will be back at it today in the rubber match of the series.

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