Stanford Blows Out Devils

The Arizona State Sun Devils have been on the other end of games like the one that occurred Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond, but for the first time all season they were on the wrong end of a blowout. Stanford pitcher Erik Davis kept the Sun Devil bats quiet all day and went the distance for a 12-2 victory in front of 1,924.

"We combined offense with good pitching today," said Stanford pitcher Erik Davis. "We think we're a good team and have been looking forward to playing good teams like Arizona State. We have definitely shown these last two games that we belong on the same field as them."

"It ends up coming down to whoever pitches well and gets the timely hitting, and today we did that," said Stanford Head Coach Mark Marquess.

The Cardinal got to ASU ace Josh Satow early and caused the senior lefthander to throw 37 pitches in a first inning which saw Stanford jump out to a 3-0 lead. Cord Phelps led off the game with a single to left and one batter later Jason Castro also singled to left to set up Sean Ratliff. With two outs, Ratliff lined a double down the right field to score Phelps and Castro to give Stanford the early 2-0 lead. After Satow walked Ben Clowe, Brendan Domaracki singled to left to score Ratliff and make it 3-0 Cardinal.

"This win was really big for us," said Ratliff. "We came out today and played very well. We played well last night also and had that one just get away from us. I think that gave us more confidence than anything."

The Devils got one of those runs back in the third inning to make it 3-1. Raoul Torrez led off with a single; just one of the four ASU would get off of Davis on the day. Jason Kipnis followed with a walk and Ike Davis sacrificed Torrez and Kipnis to second and third. Petey Paramore followed with a groundout that scored Torrez and got the Devils on the board.

Stanford increased their lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Castro made it 4-1. The Cardinal would chase Satow in the fifth by scoring two runs off of him and Tommy Rafferty. Satow hit Ratliff to lead off the inning and Pat Murphy turned things over to Rafferty. After recording the first out, Rafferty walked Domaracki and Zach Jones followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1. Jake Schlander then added a sacrifice fly to increase Stanford's lead to 6-1.

Seth Blair took over on the mound for the Devils in the sixth and didn't fare any better. Sean Ratliff continued to murder ASU pitching by sending his second home run of the series over the center field wall to make it 8-1 Stanford.

Petey Paramore collected his second RBI of the day on a solo home run in the eighth. Paramore's home run was ASU's first hit since the third inning off of Erik Davis.

Blair's night got worse in the bottom half of the eighth. Jason Castro and Randy Molina hit back to back home runs to make it 10-2 Stanford and Jones and Schlander each collected RBI singles to increase that lead to 12-2.

Erik Davis was sensational for Stanford once again. Davis, who collected a complete game victory over Washington State last week, went the distance again allowing just four hits and two runs. ASU's pitchers were the complete opposite allowing a season high 17 hits and three home runs.

"It was a great pitching performance by Erik Davis today even though there couldn't have been better conditions for hitting," said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, "It was a super effort against the No. 1 team in the country. He won the big spots."

Marquess won his 1299th career game to move within one victory of 1300 and the No. 10 spot on the all-time list for NCAA Division I coaches.

The Devils will try and rebound to take the series from Stanford tomorrow afternoon at 1PM. Jeffery Inman (3-0, 1.44) will get the ball for the Cardinal and Pat Murphy has not announced a starter as of yet, but it is likely to be Stephen Sauer.

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