Devils Pound Commodores

It was supposed to be a hard fought battle on Saturday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark when #3 Vanderbilt and #1 Arizona State faced off in a crucial early season contest. It wasn't long before Brett Wallace and the Sun Devils into a laugher.

The Devils offense woke up on Saturday, a day after being no-hit into the 6th inning. ASU mashed 16 hits en route to scoring 18 runs, walking away with an 18-6 victory to improve to 2-0.

"It sure didn't look like number one versus number three today," said ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy, "Pretty sloppy. I hate competing against Corbs (Vandy Head Coach Tim Corbin), I just hate it. He's one of my closest friends in the game and he has a great ball club."

The Devils got on the board first in the third inning when Ike Davis found the gap for two run double, plating Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore. Jason Kipnis would later triple home Davis to put ASU up 3-0.

ASU would strike for six runs in the fourth, on a grand slam by Wallace and a two-run shot by Kipnis. Vanderbilt starting pitcher Brett Jacobson, a native of Carefree, walked Matt Newman to lead off the inning. Shortstop Marcel Champagnie singled and a bunting Jake Elmore was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Vanderbilt manager Tim Corbin turned to freshman reliever Sean Bierman, who was faced with the task of facing defending Pac-10 player of the Year Brett Wallace. Wallace deposited an 0-1 slider over the Floyd Bannister retired #19 on the wall in right-center field. Jason Kipnis capped off the inning with his second home run of the season, this one landing just over the 395 sign in dead centerfield.

"The way we got Jason Kipnis is when his release came in, I called Tim Corbin and I mentioned one name about a transfer…I said Kipnis and he said ‘take him,'" said Murphy.

Wallace, who hit leadoff, would add to his big day in the 6th, with a three-run bomb that disrupted traffic on Rural Road. Wallace finished 2-4 with 7RBIs and four runs scored. The returners rebounded from a rough 1-12 night last night to combine to go 7-12 Saturday. Ike Davis rebounded from an 0-5 day to go 3-4 with 4 RBIs before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.

"Great looking leadoff hitter ain't he?" asked Murphy "Sometimes you have to do that to shake things up and get people going."

Vanderbilt scored twice in the sixth off of starting pitcher Mike Leake, scoring on an error by Jake Elmore and an RBI single by Shea Robin.

"I'm going to make the prediction right now that Vanderbilt will play in the College World Series," said Murphy, "I think Vandy makes the World Series."

The Devils got six strong innings from Leake. Leake allowed only one earned run and didn't walk a batter.

"Leake didn't have great stuff, but that is classic Mike Leake," said Murphy. "He's a competitor, I'm so happy he didn't walk anybody."

Jason Jarvis was ruled eligible for the time being, he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 6th. He walked and grounded into a double play in his two plate appearances.

"All I can tell you is that he is eligible. Our people have worked hard to support him and he still has some hurdles to jump to be eligible down the road and we are hoping that we can do that."

ASU won despite committing six errors on the day.

"We did turn a double play today, I don't know how," said Murphy, "I think we're good for four errors a game, our pass defense, we're in a prevent."

"We have a lot of work to do guys," said Murphy, "We're not a great club and we know that."

The Devils will take on the two-time defending national champion Oregon State Beavers tomorrow afternoon at 3PM in the final game of the DeMarini Invitational. Freshman Seth Blair or Winthrop transfer Jason Franzblau is expected to take the mound for ASU.

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