Devils Tame Ragin' Cajuns in Series Opener

In a series touted as a possible playoff preview, the tenth-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils drew first blood on Friday night, defeating the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 8-2 while earning their 30th season victory.

With head coach Pat Murphy beginning his term on the selection committee, winning a crucial late-season series against another possible top-seeded NCAA regional seed could be just the ticket needed for ASU to earn a number one seed going into the regionals.

Right hander Mike Leake set the tone early on the defensive side of the ball, limiting the Cajuns to two runs on seven hits while striking out four. Leake was relieved in the 8th inning by right hander Scott Mueller who finished off the victory for the Sun Devils, striking out three in the final two innings and holding the Cajuns to a single hit.

With Leake taking charge on the mound, it was up to the Devil offense to provide a spark for the home team, and with the wind blowing out to right-center field, that spark quickly turned into a wildfire and ASU continued their ways of scoring in bunches. They jumped all over junior right hander, Buddy Glass, exploding for five runs in the first four innings highlighted by a first-inning solo homerun onto Rural Road by second baseman, Eric Sogard. The loss is just Glass' second on the season, moving his season record to 7-2.

Sogard provided the power while the rest of the Sun Devil Nine poked and prodded at the Cajun defense in the fourth inning, scoring three runs on four singles, all charged to Glass. Sophomore right hander Gregory Harman relieved Glass but did not fare much better, surrendering two runs in just over an inning.

Sogard totaled three hits on the night, falling just a triple short of the cycle while stealing two bases and scoring two runs. Designated hitter, Preston Paramore amassed two hits and one run scored. Brett Wallace also added two hits to the Sun Devil hit parade which totaled 12.

The middle game of the pivotal three game series begins Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Packard Stadium as Hunter Moody (5-2, 3.54) takes the mound for the Cajuns – Murphy will name his starter before the game.

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