Lambson Leads Devils to Sweep

The Washington Huskies got introduced to the new Arizona State Sun Devils this past weekend. The team that has pitching depth and can get a complete game out of a guy that wasn't even in the normal weekend rotation. Freshman Mitchell Lambson went the distance in his first career start to lead #3 Arizona State to a three game sweep of Washington with a 6-2 win at Husky Ballpark.

Lambson started his weekend with a save and finished it with his fifth victory of his first season as a Sun Devil. The lefty allowed just two runs, both coming on a home run by Kyle Conley and struck out nine in the complete game.

Washington (10-18, 1-5 Pac 10) started ace and first team All-conference pitcher Jorden Merry on Sunday to try and prevent being swept, but to no avail. The Devils got on the board against Merry in the second, due to lack of control by the senior.

Andy Workman walked to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Jared McDonald. Zack MacPhee then drew a walk from Merry. After a double steal, Drew Maggi continued his big series with a single to left to score a pair and put ASU (23-5, 8-1 Pac 10) up 2-0.

The key inning for the Devils was the 4th and again it was started by Workman. This time he reached on an infield single and moved up to second on a wild pitch. Jared McDonald blooped a single into left that moved Workman to third.

McDonald then stole second and the throw by Husky catcher Brett Wilcox went into the outfield to score Workman and make it 3-0 Devils.

The game continued to slip away from Washington with poorer defense later in the inning. After a strike out, Merry walked Maggi to put runners at the corners and ended Merry's day. Raoul Torrez followed with yet another perfect bunt that scored McDonald and the throw from pitcher Andrew Kittredge got away moving the runners to second and third.

Matt Newman made the error hurt with a single to left centerfield that plated Maggi and Torrez to make it 6-0 ASU.

The Huskies finally got to Lambson in the sixth. Jake Rife singled to right with one out and came around to score on a homer to left by Kyle Conley. The homer was Conley's 10th of the season, tying him with Carlos Ramirez for the lead in the Pac 10.

Lambson settled in after the homer and only allowed one hit the rest of the way for his first career complete game, in his first career start. Prior to the start on Sunday, Lambson made 14 appearances out of the bullpen and has become ASU's most reliable option out of the pen.

In their four-game winning streak, ASU starters have allowed just three earned runs in 31 2/3 innings. The combination of Blair, Leake, Spence and Lambson has combined for 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA while striking out 36. If you include the relief outings of Spence, Lambson and Jordan Swagerty ASU's pitching staff has a 0.75 ERA in their last four games.

Matt Newman went 2-4 on Sunday for the Devils and nobody else had multiple hits. Drew Maggi finished his big weekend with a pair of RBIs. The freshman went 6-12 (.500) over the weekend and drove in five runs. Prior to the three games in Seattle, Maggi had just two RBI's all season.

With Oregon St.'s sweep of Cal, the Devils maintained their 1.5 game lead over the Beavers for the top spot in the Pac 10 with their own sweep.

The Devils will now head to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a tough road, midweek two-game set in SEC country against Arkansas. The 14th-ranked Razorbacks improved to 22-6 overall and 10-2 in the SEC by taking two of three in South Carolina. The first pitch from Baum Stadium is at 4:35 Arizona time on Tuesday.

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