Devils Roll to Sweep of UMass

The Massachusetts Minutemen gave ASU all they could handle in the first two games of the weekend series. For the first five innings on Sunday afternoon it looked like they would for the third game as well, but the Sun Devils scored six runs in the fifth inning to cruise past UMass 17-9 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

The Devils scored their first run of the day when Ike Davis scored from third on an error by UMass pitcher Nick Serino. Davis would be involved in the Devils second run of the day when he scored on a Marcel Champagnie triple in the fourth, after leading off the frame with a double.

Jason Franzblau started for the Devils and was cruising until the fifth inning when he gave up a leadoff double to Kyle Multner. ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy gave the ball to Dustin Brader who seemed to be out of the inning before Raoul Torrez's error allowed Multner to score UMass's first run of the game.

ASU would take a close game and blow it wide open in the fifth inning. Jason Kipnis led off the frame with a double to right. After a Petey Paramore walk, Brett Wallace singled to right plating Kipnis. Paramore was thrown out at the plate on the play and Wallace advanced to second on the throw. During the next at bat, Wallace stole third and UMass catcher Bryan Garrity's throw got past third baseman Brian Baudinet allowing Wallace to score.

Later in the inning, Kiel Roling and Ike Davis would walk and Ryan Sontag followed with a pinch hit single to load the bases. Champagnie would deliver his second and third RBIs of the day when he doubled to left field. Sontag would score on an RBI single by freshman Matt Newman and Champagnie would later steal home on a double steal to cap the six run outburst.

A Kiel Roling sacrifice fly in the sixth would put ASU up 9-1 and the Devils would go up 12-1, plating three more in the seventh. Ryan Sontag would hit his first deep fly of the season in the seventh and Greg Bordes also delivered an RBI single.

The Devils continued their pattern of magic in the eighth inning and put the Minutemen even further away. Tillman Pugh led off the eighth with a home run to left center, his first hit in the maroon and gold. Ryan Sontag would continue his red-hot day off the bench with his third hit of the day. Coby Cress followed with a single up the middle and Andy Workman walked. Jason Jarvis would score Sontag on a sacrifice fly before Kipnis would connect for his sixth home run of the season putting ASU up 17-4. Kipnis finished 3-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs on the day.

Seth Blair, who was knocked out in the first inning yesterday, worked the ninth inning for the Devils. Blair allowed a few bloop singles and wasn't helped out by his defense. Two errors in the inning, along with softly hit base hits allowed UMass to plate five unearned runs against the freshman.

The Devils outscored the Minutemen 43-17 in the three game series. Dustin Brader was the winning pitcher for the Devils, working a scoreless inning. Kyle Brule also worked two scoreless innings for the Devils and RJ Preach allowed three earned runs in his one inning of work.

ASU will take Monday off before returning to the diamond at Packard Stadium on Tuesday when they open up a two game set against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas, from the SEC, comes into the series 11-1 and fresh off a three-game sweep of Siena. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Tuesday.

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