Roling, Davis Power Devils Past Lobos

The patience of the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-0) was on display once again Tuesday night as Devil hitters drew 10 walks and were hit by three pitches en route to an 18-1 rout of New Mexico (7-2) in front of 2,236 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

"New Mexico is a lot better of a club than what we saw tonight," said Murphy, "I'd imagine they'll be a much better team tomorrow. They have some good looking players. I was impressed with their starting pitcher. New Mexico will win some games this year."

Marcel Champagnie's first career home run in the second inning put the Devils ahead 2-0. After a Jason Kipnis RBI single in the third, Brett Wallace crushed a Jacob Norton pitch out to dead center putting ASU up 5-0. Kiel Roling would add an opposite field three-run home run in the frame to put ASU up 8-0.

Roling's big day at the plate wasn't done as he added two more RBIs on a single in the seventh. Roling finished 2-3 with 5 RBIs on the day. Ike Davis added a sac-fly in the seventh to push the ASU lead to 11-0. Davis would finish 1-3 with 4 RBIs, including a three run double in the seven run 9th inning.

"Ike had four quality at bats," said Murphy, "That's what we need and Roling had three quality at bats. Those are the things we'll need down the road. We still have some guys that aren't quite on it yet, but to see Roling and Davis do that is encouraging."

Stephen Sauer got the start in the first midweek game of the season for ASU.

Sauer ran into trouble in the first inning, hitting a guy and allowing a hit. Sauer eventually worked out the jam and kept the Lobos off of the board.

"We came out in the first inning and played horrible, we weren't ready to play," said Murphy, "But we got back on it."

Sauer finished just 1/3 of an inning short of qualifying for the win, so the victory went to Tommy Rafferty who worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief while striking out five. Rafferty worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, while the score was still just 2-0.

"The pitch of the game was Rafferty coming in with the bases loaded and it was 2-0, made a big 1-0 pitch and got him to ground out. Marcel made a nice play."

"I thought Sauer gave us four really solid innings," said Murphy, "He wavered a little bit in the fifth. Rafferty came in, in the fifth, and wasn't real sharp but pitched really well. His changeup is a really good pitch."

The Devils will take on the Lobos again tomorrow at 6:30 at Packard Stadium.

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