Loss Caps Devils Frustrating Weekend

The first road trip of the season didn't turn out so good for ASU. Yesterday it was a lack hitting, on Sunday it was just the lack of getting a big one. For the second straight day the Sun Devils (28-3, 4-2 Pac 10) struggled at the plate, while their pitching staff imploded. Stanford (15-9, 4-2 Pac 10) rolled to a 10-2 victory and a series win at Sunken Diamond.

The win gave Stanford Head Coach Mark Marquess his 1300th of his career and moved Stanford into a three way tie for first place with ASU and Cal.

"It's nice," said Marquess about his milestone that moved him into 10th place on the all-time wins list. "But, it just means I've been coaching a long time and have had a lot of good players."

The Devils jumped out of the gates fast on Stanford starter Jeffery Inman in the first inning. Petey Paramore continued to stay hot by singling home Jason Kipnis and Ike Davis in the first inning to give ASU a 2-0 lead. Inman managed to wiggle out of danger all day and did so in the first by retiring Ryan Sontag with two runners on. Inman would strand the bases loaded twice later in the game.

It looked as if Stephen Sauer was in control of the game and looked as if he was going to lead the Devils to their first series win in Palo Alto since 1997. The Cardinal managed just one hit off of Sauer through four innings, but got to him in the fifth. Joey August and Austin Yount singled to start the fifth and Sauer threw away a bunt attempt by Zach Jones allowing August to score. Reyes Dorado then relieved Sauer and walked the first batter he faced.

Cord Phelps flied out to shallow center and Jason Kipnis fired a strike to Petey Paramore which appeared to be in plenty of time to nail Yount at the plate. Home plate umpire Chuck Lyon ruled Yount safe and Stanford tied the game at 2-2. Brendan Domaracki followed with a double down the right field line that plated two runs and put the Cardinal in front for good at 4-2.

Stanford wasn't done in the fifth inning as Joey August would launch a two run double to make it 6-2. Jason Castro would make it 7-2 Cardinal with an RBI single off of Jason Franzblau in the sixth. Franzblau would get the first out of the seventh before allowing singles to August and Yount. Ike Davis then took over on the mound and for the first time all year struggled to shut the door. Zach Jones greeted Davis with a two-run triple to make it 9-2 Stanford. Jake Schlander would follow with an RBI double to increase the lead to 10-2.

Jeffery Inman picked up the victory for the Cardinal, going five innings and allowing two runs on eight base hits. Stephen Sauer went four innings for the Devils and allowed three runs. It was the first time all season Reyes Dorado got touched up, as the righty allowed four earned runs in his inning of work.

Jason Kipnis went 2-5 for ASU and Ike Davis also had two hits in the losing cause. Stanford was led by Joey August who was 3-5 with two RBIs and Austin Yount and Randy Molina each had two hits apiece.

The Devils will look to snap their losing streak next weekend when they travel to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars (18-12, 2-4 Pac 10). The Cougars split a four game non-conference series with UC Davis over the weekend.

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