Devils End Non-Conference Slate with Easy Win

The Devils set the tone early and coasted to an easy victory in their mid-week match up with the Utah Valley State Wolverines, 11-3.

Seven runs crossed the plate in the first three innings while Arizona State starting pitcher Brian Flores looked to rebound from his poor showing on Sunday afternoon in the 11-10 victory over UCLA.

The first four hitters of the game reached base for the Devils, highlighted by a 3 run homerun by right fielder Ike Davis. Flores, working on short rest after his start in the final game of the Bruin series that saw ASU vault over UCLA in the Pac-10 standings, got back on track against the Wolverines.

He braved the warm Tempe night to the tone of four innings pitched while allowing only one run on six hits and striking out six Wolverines before giving way to CJ Retherford in the fifth. Retherford finished out the final five frames to earn the save for Flores.

The first six batters for ASU all recorded a run and each starter with the exception of Joe Persichina recorded hits. In addition to the Davis blast, Petey Paramore also joined in with a long ball in the eighth inning, plating the final two runs for ASU.

The victory for ASU was the final tune up before the final six-game stretch run that will make or break the pac-10 race for the Devils as they currently reside two games up in the standings with six conference games remaining. ASU travels to Corvallis, Oregon this weekend before heading back home to Packard Stadium to take on rival University of Arizona in a mid-week series. The maroon and gold have a chance to close out the first Pacific-10 outright championship in the Pat Murphy tenure.

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