Satow Paces Devils to Sweep of Arkansas

The last time Josh Satow toed the rubber at Winkles-Field Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark, things didn't go exactly as planned. On Wednesday night against the 19th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks Satow was back to his old self, giving ASU 7 2/3 strong innings en route to a 7-4 victory to sweep the two-game set in front of 3,033.

Satow lasted just four innings last Friday night in ASU's 13-4 victory over Massachusetts. The senior lefty allowed five hits and three earned runs in those four innings. Wednesday was a different story as Satow gave Pat Murphy 7 2/3 strong innings allowing two earned runs on just three hits. His only blemish was a sixth inning two-run home run to Andy Wilkins.

ASU gave Satow an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, but it could have been more as ASU had the bases loaded with nobody out. Red hot Ike Davis led off the inning with a walk, Marcel Champagnie followed with a bunt single, and Matt Newman walked to load the bases. Ryan Sontag followed by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play scoring Davis. Raoul Torrez ended the inning with a bunt ground out and Arkansas pitcher Brett Eibner escaped with minimal damage.

Eibner wouldn't have such luck in the third inning, thanks to the bat of Brett Wallace. Wallace hit a three run home run to centerfield to put the Devils up 4-0.

Satow would face his first scoring threat in the sixth when Arkansas' Logan Forsythe tripled down the right field line with two outs. Arkansas' freshman Andy Wilkins, who committed to Arkansas over ASU, homered to center field to cut ASU's lead in half at 4-2.

ASU would rebuild their lead in the bottom half of the sixth, striking for three runs against Arkansas' Chad Pierce. Newman and Sontag led off the inning with a walks and Raoul Torrez followed with a bunt single to load the bases. After Jason Kipnis struck out, Petey Paramore singled plating Newman and Sontag and Torrez scored on a throwing error by Arkansas SS Tim Smalling, building the Devils lead to 7-2. Paramore finished the day 3-4 and went 5-9 with four RBIs in the two game series.

Satow continued to work into the eighth inning, retiring the first two hitters with ease. Satow then would hit Chase Leavitt with a pitch and Forsythe reached on an error by Champagnie chasing the southpaw from the game. Stephen Sauer took over for the Devils and walked Wilkins before allowing a two run single to Jacob House to make the score 7-4. Reyes Dorado got the final out in the eight, relieving Sauer.

In the past two years, heading to the ninth in a save situation meant it was Jason Jarvis time. Starting Wednesday, Murphy can no longer turn to his sophomore closer as the NCAA ruled Jarvis ineligible for the remainder of the season. Jarvis was originally ruled ineligible before the first game of the season, but was allowed to play after that until an official appeal was heard. The appeal of an online grade being lowered due to an academic dishonesty accusation was heard this past Thursday.

Jarvis had a 2.45 ERA with two saves for the Sun Devils in 2008 after picking up a school record 11 saves last season. Jarvis had struggled at the plate so far in 2008 hitting just .111 after recording a .347 batting average last year.

Murphy instead turned the ball over to Tommy Rafferty who worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

The Devils will take Thursday off before returning to action on Friday when they host the Troy Trojans at 7 PM at Packard Stadium. Troy comes into the weekend series at 12-3. The Devils will play the Trojans in a three game weekend set before preparing for the showdown with #2 Arizona next Tuesday.

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