Leake, Devils Roll Past Holy Cross

Mike Leake continued his dominate start to the 2009 campaign and was pretty much unhittable once again. The junior struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in his seven innings of work and the offense helped him get his third win of the season, routing the Holy Cross Crusaders 15-0 on Thursday.

After struggling a bit last weekend, ASU's offense woke up and tore apart Crusader pitching for 15 runs on 11 hits.

ASU got on the board in the third inning off of Crusader starter Dan Seip. Seip walked Raoul Torrez with one out and then Matt Newman singled up the middle before Zack MacPhee was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jason Kipnis. The junior got the Devils on the board by lofting a sacrifice fly to left to score Torrez.

Seip kept the Devils at bay until they broke out in the 5th. Raoul Torrez and Matt Newman got things started with back to back singles and were sacrificed to second and third by MacPhee. Kipnis singled to right to score Torrez and made it 2-0. Kipnis then stole second and Newman scored when the throw down to second went into centerfield.

After Carlos Ramirez walked, Kole Calhoun moved the runners up to second and third with a groundout to second. Freshman Zach Wilson came up with a big two out single that scored two and gave ASU a 5-0 lead after five.

ASU was right back at it in the 6th and Mike Murphy started things with a single and was pinch run for by Drew Maggi. Raoul Torrez moved Maggi up with a sacrifice bunt , but Matt Newman flew out for the second out. MacPhee walked to chase Seip from the game, but new pitcher Ryan George walked Kipnis to load the bases. Carlos Ramirez quickly unloaded them with a bases clearing triple to blow the game wide open at 8-0.

George walked the base loaded to start the seventh and then Jordan Swagerty reached on catcher's interference to score a run to make it 9-0. Andy Workman then walked to force in another run and then Riccio Torrez plated a run with another catcher's interference. Jason Kipnis' RBI groundout made it 12-0 after seven.

Abe Ruiz walked to start the eighth and after Drew Maggi singled, Jordan Swagerty connected for his second home run of the season to make it 15-0.

Leake allowed just one hit for his second straight start and improved to 3-0 on the season. The junior struck out ten and walked only one. Kyle Brule pitched the final two innings of the game and struck out four. ASU's team ERA improved 0.81 with the shutout.

The Devils and Crusaders will continue their three game series tomorrow evening with a 6:30 start at Packard Stadium.


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