Satow's Struggles Continue in ASU Loss

The progress Josh Satow made last weekend seemed to have disappeared Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Field. The senior lefthander struggled with his command and put ASU in a hole that their offense couldn't get out of, as the Sun Devils dropped an 8-3 decision to the UCLA Bruins.

The Bruins jumped on the board first off of ASU starter Josh Satow, who once again struggled with his control. Satow walked Blair Dunlap and Alden Carrithers with one out in the first to run into trouble. Casey Haerther hit a double play ball to Greg Bordes, who flipped to Raoul Torrez for the out, but Torrez' return throw was late and kept the inning alive. Brandon Crawford made it hurt with a bloop single to left that gave UCLA a 1-0 lead.

Walks once again hurt Satow in the third as he walked Curtis to lead off the inning. Satow responded by getting Dunlap to fly out and Carrithers to ground out and it looked like he would work around the leadoff walk. Casey Haerther made sure that wouldn't happen as he took a 2-0 changeup from Satow deep over the left field fence for a two run home run that made it 3-0 UCLA.

Brett Wallace started the fourth inning for ASU with a ringing double down the right field line and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Petey Paramore. Kiel Roling got the Devils on the board with a sac fly to left, cutting the lead to 3-1. Rocky Laguna followed with a single that sent Paramore to third, but Matt Newman popped out to second and failed to get the runner home from third. Pat Murphy took a chance and pinch hit for Torrez with Marcel Champagnie and it paid off as Champagnie picked up a two out RBI single that cut the Bruins lead to 3-2.

Jermaine Curtis led off the fifth with a solo homer off of Satow, his second of the season. Satow was pulled after walking Carrithers later in the inning and Dustin Brader took over on the mound. Satow finished with five walks in just 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs to pick up his third loss of the season.

Control issues struck Bruins' starter Charles Brewer in the sixth as walks helped the Devils inch closer. Rocky Laguna was hit by a pitch to start the rally and Matt Newman and Mike Leake both walked to load the bases. Ryan Sontag worked a walk with the bases loaded to force in a run and cut the Bruin lead to 4-3.

Brader allowed the Bruins to get that run back in the bottom half of the sixth. Brady Dolan reached on an infield single to Marcel Champagnie with one out and Pat Murphy took the ball from Brader and handed it to Reyes Dorado. Dorado was greeted with a double to left from Ryan Babineau that left runners at second and third. Jermaine Curtis lofted a sac fly to right and the Bruins led 5-3.

With ASU unable to cut into the lead in the seventh or the eighth, the Bruins extended their lead off of Dorado in their half of the eighth. Dorado walked Tim Murphy to start the inning and Brady Dolan dropped down a sac bunt that was fielded by Dorado and flipped to Roling but first base umpire Tim Vessey ruled that Roling missed first base and Dolan was safe.

Controversy continued when just one pitch later home plate umpire Billy Haze called Dorado for a questionable balk and advanced the runners to second and third with nobody out. Ryan Babineau made it hurt by lining a single back through the box that scored both runs and UCLA had a 7-3 lead. After two strikeouts by Dorado, Alden Carrithers added an insurance run with a double down the line that scored Babineau. The Devils went quietly in the ninth, and the Bruins took Game 2, 8-3.

Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore each had two hits for the Devils and Sontag, Roling and Champagnie drove in the only three runs of the day.

ASU and UCLA will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 1PM. Gavin Brooks (5-2, 4.45) will get the ball for UCLA and his opposition is unknown as Pat Murphy has yet to announce a starter for Game 3. Jason Franzblau, Seth Blair and Stephen Sauer, if he is healthy, are options for the Devils.

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