Newman's Gem, Leake's Bat Shocks Wichita St.

Wednesday night proved that anyone can make the most of an opportunity. Matt Newman and Mike Leake are prime examples of that. Murphy gave Newman the ball against Wichita St. and the freshman tossed six innings and allowed just one run. Mike Leake went 2-4 with 2 RBIs at shortstop leading the Devils to a 6-1 victory at Eck Stadium.

Newman certainly has made his mark this season as a freshman in Pat Murphy's lineup, but had only been on the mound for two innings in a season where the Arizona St. Sun Devils have struggled to produce pitching depth.

Tonight he was masterful, and the Devils gave Newman all the run support he would need in the first inning. Jason Kipnis started things by walking with one out and then Brett Wallace was hit by a pitch to give ASU runners at first and second. Petey Paramore fouled out, bringing up the red-hot Mike Leake who singled to left scoring Kipnis and Wallace came around to score on an error by Shockers' LF Mitch Caster.

Both Newman and Shockers' starter Tim Kelley then hit their grooves and the game stayed 2-0 until the sixth inning. Kelley retired nine straight Devils at one point and Newman took a two-hitter into the sixth.

ASU would add to their lead in the top half of the sixth, thanks again to Mike Leake. Petey Paramore singled up the middle with two outs and then Leake doubled to left scoring Paramore and gave the Devils a 3-0 lead.

Wichita St. would get to Newman in the sixth and struck for their only run of the night. Andy Dirks reached on an infield single to second base and came around to score on a double to the centerfield fence by Dusty Coleman, making it 3-1 Devils.

Newman ran into trouble again in the seventh. Mitch Caster doubled with one out and after Newman got Tyler Weber to pop out, pinch hitter Ryan Engrav walked. Pat Murphy then turned to ace Mike Leake to get out of the jam and he did exactly that by picking off pinch runner Ryan Jones.

The Devils added to their lead in the eighth as Jason Kipnis reached on an infield single with one out and advanced to third on a single by Wallace. Petey Paramore brought home Kipnis with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 ASU. ASU would add to Leake's cushion in the ninth by plating two more runs. Kiel Roling singled to left center to start the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Jake Elmore.

Elmore stole second and after Newman struck out, Greg Bordes singled to center scoring Elmore and making it 5-1 Devils. Raoul Torrez followed with a single sending Bordes to third and Ryan Sontag's sacrifice bunt scored Bordes making it 6-1.

Newman picked up his first career victory in his first start of the year. The freshman worked 6 2/3 innings allowing just one run on five hits and struck out two. Mike Leake earned his first save of the season and his second of his career by pitching the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Leake's bat continued to do damage, picking up two more hits and a pair of RBIs.

Leake is now hitting .478 with two home runs and 9 RBIs on the season, and is getting consistent at bats in the place of the injured Ike Davis.

The Devils will return home and open up a three game non-conference series against Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Packard Stadium. The Lions are 4-4 against the Pac 10 this season and have wins over Cal, Oregon St., USC and UCLA.

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