Josh Satow, making his 13th start of the season for ASU, made quick work of the Cajun offense that had averaged seven-and-a-half runs per game coming into the series by holding them to three hits in seven innings of work, striking out 11 batters along the way. The bullpen however, was an extreme opposite. After Satow left the game the Cajuns went to work scoring seven runs in the last two innings off of a quartet of Sun Devil relievers, bringing the final score to a much closer result then either team was expecting in the first half of the ballgame.
Backing up Satow on offense, as well as providing many of the runs needed for him was sophomore first baseman, Brett Wallace. Wallace finished the ballgame with four hits in four at-bats while driving in five runs and scoring two of his own while falling just a homerun away from the cycle. The near miss of the cycle was the second night in a row for such an oddity – second baseman Eric Sogard fell just a triple short in the first game of the series.
Wallace was not alone in the Sun Devil hit-fest as three other Devils (Kiel Rolling, Ike Davis and CJ Retherford) notched two hits and every starter with the exception of shortstop Andrew Romine was able to get on base via a base hit. The Devils totaled 14 hits on the night.
The final score of 11-8 was not nearly indicative of the result of the action on Saturday night at Packard Stadium as four of the Cajun runs came in the 8th inning and three came in the 9th when the game was just out of reach for the potent Cajun offense.
Freshman Adam Bailey got Murphy's squad in a late jam giving up a walk and a double in the ninth before being relieved by senior Ted Aust and freshmen Jason Jarvis who finished off the Sun Devil victory with Jarvis earning the save, his sixth of the season.
The final game of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Packard with the Devils looking to earn their 32nd regular season win. If the feat is accomplished, ASU will complete a three-game sweep of the Cajuns and run their season high winning streak to 11 games.
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