Devils Routed in Series Finale

It's no secret that ASU's bullpen is the Achilles Heel of this Sun Devil baseball club. On Friday afternoon, that deficiency was unfortunately in full display as the maroon and gold were routed by their archrival 14-5.

With some of ASU's lineup regulars resting Arizona wasted no time taking advantage of that. Nonetheless, even though the Cats jumped to a 3-0 lead, the Devils stormed back in the fifth scoring a handful of runs to grab a 5-3 lead. Alas, the home team's bats fell silent the rest of the way, while the visitors from Tucson exploded for nine runs in the seventh to seal the victory.

ASU hurler Brian Flores got the nod as the starter and allowed three runs in four innings. CJ Retherford (2-2) was credited with the loss as he allowed five runs, albeit just three of the earned, in 2.2 innings of work.

The Sun Devils ended the regular season with 19 Pac-10 wins which ties a conference record with Stanford (1999) and Oregon State (2005) for most wins since the two Pac-10 divisions merged in 1999.

The maroon and gold will learn of their post-season fate this weekend. At 12:15 on Sunday they will find out if they will host a regional, and on a televised ESPN special Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT they will learn which teams they will face in the NCAA Tournament.

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