Devils Romp Cougars Behind Spence

Slowly but surely each Pac 10 school is getting to introduced to the two-headed monster that Arizona State throws out to the mound on Friday's and Saturday's. Josh Spence continued his hold on the Pac 10 ERA lead with eight shutout innings in Saturday's 11-1 rout of Washington State in front of 2,561 fans at a chilly Packard Stadium.

Spence improved to 8-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.01 with eight shutout innings while striking out 10 and not walking a batter. It was the Australian's fifth start in which he has struck out double digits.

The Devils (25-7, 10-1 Pac 10) gave Spence all the offense he would need in the second inning. Jared McDonald led off the inning with a single to right and came around to score on a double to the left field corner by Abe Ruiz. Zack MacPhee followed with a single and Cougar starter Chad Arnold walked Drew Maggi to load the bases.

Raoul Torrez then made it 2-0 with a little dribbler back to the mound that Arnold couldn't handle and everyone was safe. Matt Newman started his big day with a two-run double and Torrez eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0 after two innings.

ASU blew the game open in the third with three more runs. MacPhee walked with one out and Drew Maggi followed with a single to put two runners on. After a fly out by Raoul Torrez, Newman sent a laser over the right field fence for his 3rd home run of the season and ASU led 8-0.

The Devils plated two more runs in the fourth. Carlos Ramirez led off with a walk and Kole Calhoun followed with a base hit. McDonald sacrificed the runners up to second and third, but pinch hitter Riccio Torrez struck out looking for the second out. But MacPhee picked up his teammate and drove both runners in with a double down the left field line.

ASU's final run of the day was scored in the 5th when Ramirez drove in Kipnis with an RBI single. Kipnis reached with a double.

The Cougars (14-15, 4-4 Pac 10) got their only run of the day in the 9th off of ASU reliever Jason Franzblau. Kyle Johnson singled with one out and after a strikeout to Cody Bartlett, Matt Fanelli hit a ground ball to third that took a bad hop on Raoul Torrez and went down the left field line to score Johnson.

Matt Newman finished a perfect 5-5 on the day and finished a triple away from the cycle. Newman's five hit day was the most since Kiel Roling had five on March 17, 2007. The sophomore drove in five on the evening.

Zack MacPhee went 2-3, reached base four times and drove in two. Jason Kipnis also had two hits for the Devils.

Chad Arnold (3-2) took the loss and allowed eight runs in three innings of work. Adam Conley also worked three innings and allowed three runs.

This is the first Pac 10 series loss of the season for Washington St., they have taken both Friday and Saturday games from California and UCLA, but have yet to win on a Sunday.

The Devils will go for their second straight Pac 10 sweep tomorrow at Packard Stadium. The start time for Easter Sunday's game has been moved from 1PM to 12PM. Jared Prince (1-3, 4.95 ERA) will get the start for the Cougars with either Seth Blair or Mitchell Lambson going for ASU.

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