Devils Rebound, Take Doubleheader from FlU

If you were worried that the Arizona State Sun Devils would fall into a funk after dropping their first game of the season yesterday, the top ranked Devils calmed your fears bouncing back nicely to sweep a doubleheader from the Florida International Panthers, 10-5 and 8-4 at Packard Stadium Saturday.

The Devils (21-1) fell behind in the fourth inning of game one, when ASU starter Stephen Sauer suddenly lost his control. Sauer walked three consecutive batters, including Javier Sujo with the bases loaded to put FIU up 1-0.

ASU would take back the lead in the bottom half of the fourth, striking for three runs. Brett Wallace led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Petey Paramore would loft a fly ball deep into left that just got over the head of left fielder Corey Lozano. Wallace advanced to third because he had gone back to second to tag up.

FIU (9-15) pitcher Steven Stewart would then hit Kiel Roling to load the bases and it seemed as if he would escape with no damage when Marcel Champagnie sent a bullet right at shortstop Junior Arrojo who then doubled Paramore off of second. Matt Newman made sure that Stewart wouldn't escape unscathed, Newman's triple off of the right centerfield wall scored Wallace and Roling to give ASU a 2-1 lead. Raoul Torrez followed Newman by lining a single into center, scoring Newman and increasing the Devils' lead to 3-1.

Sauer would run into trouble in the fifth after hitting Arrojo with a pitch and allowing a single to Steven Stropp. Murphy then turned to Tommy Rafferty who gave up an RBI single to Lozano. Rafferty would later give up a three run home run to Jorge Castillo and the Panthers held a 5-3 lead.

The Devils would tie the game in the fifth inning off of Stewart. Jason Kipnis led off the frame with a triple and would score on Ike Davis' double. Davis would advance to third on Wallace's ground out and later scored on an RBI groundout by Paramore.

The game would stay tied all the way until the bottom of the 7th. Rocky Laguna started an ASU rally with a leadoff single into right center. Jason Kipnis followed by sending a home run out to Rural Road putting ASU in front 7-5.

ASU would add to its lead in the 8th on an RBI single by Raoul Torrez and a two RBI single by Ike Davis. Davis would also pitch the 8th and 9th, on his birthday, to close the door on FIU. Tommy Rafferty picked up the win, giving up two runs in three innings of relief.

Josh Satow got the ball for Pat Murphy in game two and made quick work of the Panthers, allowing just two runs in six innings.

Marcel Champagnie's RBI double would plate Kiel Roling in the second to put ASU up 1-0.

Brett Wallace would launch his ninth home run of the season in the third to stretch the ASU lead to 3-0. FIU starter Corey Polizzano would then walk Paramore and Kiel Roling would make him pay by sending a Polizanno pitch over the right field wall for his fourth home run.

Wallace would produce another run in the fifth. The junior third baseman led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0 Devils.

The Panthers would finally get to Satow in the sixth, striking for two runs on three hits. Satow had allowed just two hits leading up to the sixth inning where Tyler Townsend and Javier Sujo had RBIs.

ASU would add an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI double by pinch hitter Ryan Sontag.

Jason Franzblau relieved Satow in the seventh and allowed FIU to score in the eighth on an RBI triple by Sujo. Franzblau came back out to pitch the ninth and allowed a lead-off single to Arrojo before getting two quick outs. Murphy then decided to pull Franzblau just one out away from a three inning save and turned to freshman R.J. Preach, who faced just two batters before being removed from the game.

Preach gave up an RBI double to Ryan Mollica and walked Castillo before being pulled in favor of birthday boy Ike Davis. Davis got Townsend to hit a comebacker to Davis who fielded it cleanly to end the ballgame.

The Devils will have revenge on their mind tomorrow when they conclude the Bob Schafer Memorial Tournament facing #5 UC Irvine (16-1) at 4PM. The Anteaters knocked the Devils out of the College World Series last season with a heartbreaking extra inning loss.

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