Devils Capitalize on NIU's Blunders

The pitching staff for Arizona State has been sensational this season and continued that trend on Friday evening. The Sun Devil offense chose the right times to get their hits to take advantage of four critical Northern Illinois errors and ASU knocked off the Huskies at 6-1 in front of 2,819 at Packard Stadium.

The Huskies' defense led down freshman starter Chris Wakefield in the third inning. Johnny Ruettiger reached to lead off the inning on an error by second baseman Jordin Hood. Mike Murphy was then hit by a pitch and Raoul Torrez dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line.

NIU third baseman Troy White threw the ball away allowing Ruettiger and Murphy to both score to make it 2-0. Torrez got to third on the play and scored on an RBI single by Zack MacPhee to give the Devils a 3-0 lead. Jason Kipnis lofted a routine fly ball to left field, but the ball was dropped by Justin Behm allowing MacPhee to get to third. Carlos Ramirez grounded out to short and MacPhee scored to make it 4-0.

ASU starting pitcher Matt Newman helped his cause leading off the fifth with his second home run of the season. The Devils got creative for their sixth run of the day. With runners at the corners Raoul Torrez took off from first on a quick steal and stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Johnny Ruettiger to score.

The Devils offense couldn't get anything going after that, but their pitching was strong once again. Matt Newman got the start for ASU and went 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The sophomore worked around six hits and struck out four.

Jason Franzblau relieved Newman and picked up his first win as a Sun Devil. The senior went four innings and only allowed one unearned run. Mitchell Lambson came into the game and struck out the only two batters he faced to seal the 6-1 victory.

ASU will play game three of the DeMarini Invitational tomorrow at 6:30 when they take on conference rival Oregon St. The Beavers are also 2-0 in the tournament, beating NIU 23-7 on Thursday and topping Missouri 12-8 on Friday. Seth Blair will likely get the ball for the Sun Devils.

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