Devils Lose Rubber Match to Dirtbags

A five-run outburst by Long Beach State in the sixth, and later in the ninth, did in the Sun Devils as they lost the weekend series. ASU fell 16-9 to the Dirtbags on Sunday, and are now 13-7 in the 2007 campaign.

Arizona State actually came out of the gates blazing. Tim Smith had a three-run blast in the first, to put the hosts ahead 3-0. In the fourth, Ike Davis made it 4-0 with his first solo HR of the year. Long Beach State started their comeback in the bottom of that inning, plating two runners. They went ahead and knotted the score in the fifth, just to see another solid inning by ASU who scored twice – once on a Rocky Laguna RBI and again after a throwing error by the Dirtbags' catcher that aided Matt Hall in crossing the plate and give the Devils a 6-4 edge.

As mentioned, the sixth inning saw the visitors cross the plate five times and grab the lead for good 9-6. An Ike Davis RBI in the bottom of the sixth brought down the deficit to 9-7, but Long Beach State brought the lead back to three in the bottom of that frame. The Sun Devils made things interesting by adding runs in the seventh and eighth. Alas, the Dirtbags exploded once again for five runs, this time in the ninth, and sealed the game's fate. ASU's 12 hits were negated by the 11 stranded runners.

Next up for the Sun Devils is a two-game home stand against Kansas State. The first match-up is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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