ASU Blanks Miami (OH) on Opening Day

For 5 1/3 innings on Friday night at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark the Arizona State Sun Devil offense couldn't muster a hit off of Miami (OH) senior right hander Chris Niro. Ultimately the flood gates opened and the maroon and gold won their season opener 7-0.

"We got some guys trying to do too much on a cold night," said ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy, "This is college baseball, it is not like some other sports where you can just walk into the game and create results."

"I'm going to stay positive, but little do you guys know there is a lot of adversity around this club in the past month, I'll just keep it at that."

ASU traded scoreless innings with Miami through the first three innings before the Devils got on the board in the top of the 4th inning. After an Ike Davis fly out to left, Kiel Roling walked. Brett Wallace struck out swinging and Petey Paramore followed with a walk. With two outs, Ryan Sontag hit what was thought to be a can of corn for Miami's left fielder John Edgington, but Edgington dropped the ball allowing Roling to score. ASU grabbed the lead without recording a hit.

ASU wouldn't record their first hit until the 6th inning when Paramore roped a double into the corner sending Brett Wallace, who had reached on an error, to third. Pinch-hitter Mike Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Devils up 2-0. Shortstop Marcel Champagnie followed with a rocket into the gap for an RBI double, and freshman Matt Newman added an RBI single to put ASU ahead 4-0 after six innings.

The Devil offense struck again in the 7th against Miami reliever Tyler Melling. Kentucky transfer Jason Kipnis led off the frame with a solo home run to right field and Petey Paramore added an RBI double to stretch the Devil lead to 6-0. ASU would score its final run of the game on a bases loaded walk by Wallace in the 8th.

"I was a little nervous at first," said Kipnis, "I just wanted to go out there and have a good approach. My job is to get on base for the big guys behind me, and that is all I was trying to concentrate on."

Senior left hander Josh Satow went 5 2/3 innings allowing just two hits and striking out three, while not having anywhere near his best stuff.

"My fastball location was decent, my changeup was decent, and my curveball was not there. I've been in that situation many times, I was just trying to go out there and pitch to contact. It was just good to be back out there, I just wanted to go right after them," said Satow, "I wish I would have thrown less (pitches) and more innings, but it happens."

"This game was all about pitching," said Murphy, "Satow did a nice job, I think he'll be the first to tell you it wasn't his best stuff, he made some big pitches at big times. He didn't have his curveball tonight. He usually doesn't walk three guys, but he did what he had to do."

Relievers Reyes Dorado, Dustin Brader and Steven Sauer combined to let only one Redhawk reach base in the final 3 1/3 innings of play.

"Dorado did a great job, took advantage of a couple of their miscues. I'm glad it was a close game. This is why the beat Texas out of the chute last year. People underestimate teams these days. I'm proud of my guys, kept their poise. I'm proud of our newcomers."

Petey Paramore went 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Newman finished 2-4 with a run and an RBI. The newcomers picked up the slack of the talented returning core of Ike Davis, Brett Wallace and Kiel Roling, who combined to go 1-12 on the night.

"You can't judge a kid on one game, Ike had a rough game, but at least he swung at strikes," said Murphy, "He's had the best preseason of anybody and he's going to be a first round pick, there is no question about it. He tried to do too much tonight, so did Roling. You can't create results against a kid that is throwing a pretty good off speed pitch and locating his fastball decent."

The Devils will now face #6 Vanderbilt tomorrow afternoon at 1PM at Packard Stadium. Vanderbilt easily took care of #11 Oregon State in the first game Friday, winning 8-1. Mike Minor pitched six strong innings for the Commodores, who were led offensively by the four RBIs of shortstop Ryan Flaherty. Sophomore Mike Leake will toe the rubber for the Devils and is likely to be countered by Vanderbilt's Brett Jacobson, a native of Gilbert.

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