Pitching Leads Devils past USC Again

Mike Leake was last week's pitcher of the week in the Pac 10 and might have pitched his way to that honor for this week, if his teammate Josh Spence doesn't snag it from him. A day after Spence threw a complete game, Leake followed up with eight solid innings to lead Arizona State to their sixth straight victory, 10-1 over USC on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.

Leake picked up his sixth victory of the season and his 30th as a Sun Devil. The junior continues to etch himself into ASU's record books as the 30 wins is the third most in school history since aluminum bats were put into play in 1974.

The Trojans got on the board first, for the second straight game. USC's star shortstop Grant Green tripled to left center with two outs in the first inning and scored on an infield single by Anthony Vazquez to make it 1-0 USC (10-12, 1-4 Pac 10).

ASU (19-3, 5-0 Pac 10) got to USC starter Andrew Triggs in the third. Jared McDonald singled up the middle with one out and advanced to second after Triggs walked Raoul Torrez. Matt Newman tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single to right to score McDonald.

Jason Kipnis started his big day with a sacrifice fly to left to give ASU the lead at 2-1, which would be all Leake would need.

ASU got Leake (6-1) a pair of insurance runs off of Triggs in the 5th. Raoul Torrez singled to center with one out and came around to score on a double to center by Newman. Kipnis made it back to back doubles, his went to right and scored Newman to make it 4-1. Kipnis stole third, but was stranded there when Carlos Ramirez struck out and Zach Wilson flew out to right.

The Devils blew the game wide open in the ninth via the long ball. Matt Newman walked to lead off the inning and Jason Kipnis then connected for his 7th home run of the season to right to make it 6-1. Carlos Ramirez followed with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a groundout by Jordan Swagerty.

USC chose to walk Kole Calhoun intentionally, who then stole second. An error by shortstop Grant Green allowed Ramirez to score and Calhoun advanced to third. Pinch hitter Johnny Ruettiger walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch that also scored Calhoun to make it 8-1.

Jared McDonald capped the scoring with his second home run as a Sun Devil, a two-run blast to right field that brought home Ruettiger.

Five of Leake's eight innings were 1-2-3. Leake only walked one Trojan and allowed just four hits, two of which were in the first inning. Jordan Swagerty pitched the ninth for the Devils and struck out two.

Jason Kipnis went 3-4 for the Devils and drove in four runs. Matt Newman also had three hits for ASU and had two RBI. Jared McDonald went 2-4 and drove in two, as well. Andrew Triggs (2-1) picked up the loss for the Trojans, allowing four runs in five innings of work. Ryan Cabral allowed two runs in three innings. Jeff Grijalva and Adam Dedeaux worked the ninth and gave up three runs between them.

ASU will go for their second straight Pac 10 sweep tomorrow afternoon in Los Angeles. Seth Blair (2-0, 2.37 ERA), who struggled for the first time all season last Sunday, will get the ball for ASU. Robert Stock (0-0, 1.64 ERA), who is normally the Trojans' closer and catcher, will get his first start as a collegiate on Sunday at 1PM.


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