Torrez Lifts Devils Past Titans In 10th

The Arizona State Sun Devils responded from a tough loss the night before with a late game 10-8 victory of their own to earn a split in the two game series at Cal St. Fullerton. Raoul Torrez singled with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to lead the Devils past the Titans, a key victory for the Devils who had to rally to avoid the sweep.

In a game that was awkwardly similar to the night before, Arizona State overcame four errors and 14 runners left on base to rally from a four run deficit.

The Devils jumped out to an early lead, just like the night before. Petey Paramore reached on an error with one out and Brett Wallace followed with a home run over the batter's eye in centerfield to put ASU out in front 2-0. Kiel Roling connected for a home run of his own, his sixth of the year to put ASU up 3-0 early.

Just like the night before, ASU's lead didn't last long. Freshman Seth Blair continued to struggle, giving back the lead in the bottom half of the first. Christian Colon led off with a single and Erik Komatsu followed with a hit of his own before Corey Jones grounded out to score Colon to make it 3-1. With two outs, Blair got Jared Clark to pop up to second, but Torrez lost the ball in the sun and extended the inning. Jeff Newman would make the mistake turn costly by tripling to left center to even things at 3-3.

The Titans took the lead in the second inning off of Blair. Billy Marcoe started the inning with a single and after a sacrifice bunt, Josh Fellhauer homered to right making it 5-3.

Fullerton added another run in the third thanks to bad ASU defense. Clark led off with a single and Brett Wallace misplayed a bunt by Newman allowing everyone to be safe. Joel Weeks then reached on a fielders' choice and an Ike Davis error allowed Clark to score.

The Devils would add an unearned run of their own in the 4th. Raoul Torrez doubled with two outs and the inning was extended when Greg Bordes reached on an error by Colon. Jason Kipnis made sure the error would be costly by singling up the middle scoring Torrez and cutting the lead to 6-4.

The Titans would add to their lead in the fourth against Matt Newman, who was making just his second appearance on the mound this year. Fellhauer singled to start things and Colon singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Wallace. The ball was misplayed by RF Marcel Champagnie allowing Fellhauer to score. Wednesday was the first appearance all season by Champagnie in the outfield. Newman would later walk in a run to put Fullerton up 8-4.

ASU got back in the game in the 5th, scoring three runs to make it 8-7. Kiel Roling doubled home Wallace, who reached after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a balk. Champagnie followed the double with a single and Ryan Sontag drove Roling and Champagnie home with a single to cut the Titan lead to just one.

The Devils tied the game in the sixth on a Kiel Roling bloop single that scored Petey Paramore. The game would stay tied all the way into the tenth inning.

After stranding the bases loaded in the eighth the Devils finally got a clutch hit in the 10th off the bat of Raoul Torrez. The two out rally started with a walk to Kiel Roling and then Rocky Laguna and Ryan Sontag both got hit by pitches to load the bases for Torrez. Torrez lined a single back up the middle to score two runs and to put ASU up for good.

Tommy Rafferty worked a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the victory. Rafferty improved to 7-0 on the season by pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Reyes Dorado returned to his early season form with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Blair continued to struggle, allowing five earned runs in three innings.

Kiel Roling led the ASU offense with four hits and three RBIs. Brett Wallace, Marcel Champagnie and Raoul Torrez each had multi-hit games in the victory.

ASU will return to Tempe and host #7 California for a three game weekend series. The Devils and Bears are both tied for second in the Pac 10, just one game behind Stanford. Mike Leake is expected to take the ball Friday; first pitch is at 7PM.

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