Devils Overcome Rough Start to Top Troy

The Arizona State Sun Devils aren't 15-0 for nothing. When their offense has a bad day, their pitching and defense step up and when their pitching has a rough day, their offense bails them out. The latter was the case on Friday night in front of 2,567 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium as ASU rallied to a 15-9 victory over the Troy Trojans (12-4).

The first inning was not a pretty one for the Devils and Franzblau. The junior didn't record an out en route to allowing four of Troy's six first inning runs. Franzblau walked the leadoff hitter and allowed three straight singles before being pulled in favor of Stephen Sauer. Sauer hit the first batter he faced before Raoul Torrez would throw a ball away allowing two runs to score.

Before anyone knew it, the Devils were suddenly down 6-0 before stepping to the plate.

ASU struck back in the bottom half of the second. After Kiel Roling struck out to open the inning, Ike Davis and Marcel Champagnie singled and Davis would score on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch would advance Champagnie to third, allowing him to score on a bunt single by Ryan Sontag. Rocky Laguna would pull the Devils to within 6-4 with his second home run of the season.

The score would remain 6-4 until ASU rattled off one of their patented huge outburst innings to take control of the game for good in the 5th. Pinch hitter Mike Murphy led off the frame with a triple into the right field corner and would come around and score when Jason Kipnis deposited his team leading 7th home run off of the green monster in centerfield to tie the game at 6-6.

Brett Wallace would later triple in the inning and Kiel Roling would give ASU the lead, driving in Wallace with a single up the middle. The Devils would then load the bases on a walk to Davis and a single by Champagnie setting up Ryan Sontag for his second RBI of the day. Sontag lofted a fly ball into left that was dropped by the leftfielder. It would have been a sacrifice fly if the ball was caught, so Sontag was credited with the RBI. Rocky Laguna walked and then Troy reliever Drew Hull walked Mike Murphy to force in yet another run. Jason Kipnis would follow with a sacrifice fly for his third RBI of the day capping the seven run inning and putting ASU out in front 11-6.

Sauer would settle down after that and give Pat Murphy five solid innings, only allowing one earned run to pick up his second victory of the season. Tommy Rafferty took over for Sauer and threw two scoreless innings.

Ryan Sontag would cap his big day in the sixth with an RBI double plating Champagnie. Sontag finished 2-3 with three RBI on the day. Marcel Champagnie finished 4-5 including an RBI double in the seventh inning. Brett Wallace also finished with multiple hits for ASU, going 3-5 with two runs scored.

Freshman Kyle Brule worked 1 1/3 inning following Rafferty and allowed three earned runs. Dustin Brader threw the final 2/3 of the game for the Devils and worked out of a jam that was created by Brule.

Game two between the Devils and Trojans is tomorrow night at Packard Stadium at 6 PM.

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