Devils Sweep Panthers in Doubleheader Routs

The Arizona State Sun Devils dominated the UW-Milwaukee Panthers in every aspect of both games of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader at Packard Stadium. The Devils launched eight home runs and got solid starting pitching from Mike Leake and Seth Blair to sweep the Panthers, 13-5 and 14-1.

The Panthers took the lead early on against Leake in game one. Leake hit Cole Kraft with a pitch and Kraft advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Milwaukee Designated hitter Ben Long then delivered with a two-out RBI single to left to give UWM their only lead of the series.

ASU came right back to take the lead back for good in the bottom half of the first. Jason Kipnis tied the score at 1-1 with his first homer of the season. After Matt Newman grounded out, Carlos Ramirez got his big day started with a double and then scored on a two-run homer to Rural Road by leftfielder Kole Calhoun and ASU led 3-1.

Carlos Ramirez would hit his first home run of the season, another no doubt shot, this time to Rio Salado and ASU led 4-1 in the 3rd.

Drew Maggi led off the fourth by getting hit by a pitch from UWM starter Andy Hetebrueg and Zach MacPhee followed with a single to set up Kipnis again. The junior centerfielder connected for his second home run of the day and ASU blew it open at 7-1. Carlos Ramirez hit his second of the day just one batter later and ASU had an 8-1 lead after four.

Johnny Ruettiger would add an RBI single in the fifth to score Jared McDonald and Abe Ruiz hit a pinch hit grand slam in the eighth to give ASU a 13-5 victory.

Leake went six strong innings and didn't allow another run after the first inning. The junior allowed just two hits, walked just one and struck out seven to pick up his first victory of the season. Leake was relieved by a newcomer to the ASU roster as of Saturday. Tony Annino pitched one inning and allowed two unearned runs. Jake Borup closed out the game and also allowed two unearned runs, in two innings.

Game two saw the Devils jump out to an early lead once again, thanks to sloppy defense by the Panthers. Riccio Torrez reached with one out in the second on an error by Milwaukee third baseman Paul Hoenecke.

Johnny Ruettiger followed with a double that sent Torrez to third and Raoul Torrez was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Zack MacPhee. The freshman then cleared the bases with a three run triple that gave ASU a 3-0 lead. Kipnis then doubled in MacPhee and Ramirez's single scored Kipnis to make it 5-0 Devils.

Kipnis and Ramirez would strike again in the fourth. Both connected for their third home runs of the day and they were both equally well struck, just like every ASU home run on the day.

Raoul Torrez doubled home Ruettiger in the fifth to extend the Devils lead to 8-0. Then the Panther's pitching lost the strike zone and Ramirez and Calhoun picked up RBI walks to make it 10-0.

Mike Murphy and Abe Ruiz both drove in two runs late in the game to give ASU a 14-1 victory in the second game of the double header.

Seth Blair followed the trend that Josh Spence and Mike Leake set and went six strong innings for the victory. Blair allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out eight while not allowing an earned run. RJ Preach pitched a scoreless inning and freshman Jeeter Ishida struck out four in his two scoreless innings of work to close out the victory.

Ramirez and Kipnis each had three home runs on the day, as the Devils connected for eight homers on the day.

The Devils and Panthers will conclude their four game series tomorrow at noon at Packard Stadium, both teams have yet to announce a starting pitcher.

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