Leake's Bat Leads Devils to Sweep

On Thursday Mike Leake dominated the Holy Cross Crusaders with his right arm, on Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium; the junior did with his bat. Getting his first start of the season at first base, Leake drove in three runs en route to ASU's 11-3 victory to sweep the three game set.

The Devils got on the board in the second inning, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. After walks to Andy Workman and Raoul Torrez to start the inning, Leake made it 2-0 with a triple to right field. Drew Maggi followed with a walk and then scored along with Leake on a two run double by Zack MacPhee. Matt Newman made it 5-0 with an RBI single of his own.

Leake helped the Devils blow it wide open in the third. Carlos Ramirez and Workman led off the frame with back to back singles and a walk to Riccio Torrez loaded the bases with nobody out. Raoul Torrez drove in a run with a fielder's choice and Leake made it 7-0 on an RBI double to left field. The final run of the inning was scored on a wild pitch from Crusader starter Matt Shapiro.

The Crusaders got on the board off of ASU starter Jason Franzblau in the fourth. Franzblau allowed a one out walk to Jack Sills and Eric Oxford took the senior deep to make it 8-2. Franzblau was removed after 3 1/3 innings of work in favor of Mitchell Lambson.

Walks continued to hurt Holy Cross (0-8) in the 5th. Jason Kipnis made walks to Zack MacPhee and Drew Maggi hurt with a two run double to centerfield that gave ASU (11-1) a 10-2 lead after five.

Mike Galvin's RBI single in the 7th off of Lambson made it 10-3, but Andy Workman answered in the 8th with an RBI single of his own to stretch the lead to 11-3.

Franzblau allowed two earned runs in his 3 1/3 innings of work and struck out six Crusaders. Lambson picked up his third victory of the season to tie Mike Leake for the team lead. The freshman worked 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed just one run and struck out four. Kole Calhoun and Jordan Swagerty each worked scoreless innings to close out the sweep.

Jason Kipnis, Mike Leake and Andy Workman each had multiple hits for the Devils and Zack MacPhee drove in two runs. Workman finished the weekend hitting .500 (5/10) with 6 RBI's. The seldom used sophomore outfielder got the start in the final two games of the series.

After struggling offensively last weekend, the Sun Devils offense awoke against Holy Cross pitching. ASU scored 38 runs on 37 hits in the three game series.

The Sun Devils didn't use their #2 or #3 starter on the weekend, as Josh Spence is still recovering from the injury he suffered last weekend taking a line drive off of his face and Seth Blair also didn't see the mound against the Crusaders.

ASU now heads to Surprise to for their annual tournament at Surprise Stadium. This season the Devils welcome the Kansas St. Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks to the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals.

The Devils will open up the tournament with Kansas State on Tuesday and Wednesday, before taking on the Jayhawks Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kansas St. is 8-2 on the season and will finish up a four game series with Niagara tomorrow before heading to Arizona. The Jayhawks are 6-3 on the season and finish a weekend series with Northwestern tomorrow and hosts Wichita St. on Wednesday before coming to Surprise.

Mike Leake will be available on Tuesday, since he pitched on Thursday he would be on five days rest. Seth Blair is available as well, but the status of Spence is still unknown. The start time for Tuesday and Wednesday's game is unknown, due to the Major League game beforehand.

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