Leake Pitches Devils to 30th Win

Mike Leake is continuing to write himself into the record books at Arizona State and added another dazzling performance on Friday afternoon in Berkeley. The junior allowed just one run on five hits for his third complete game of the season leading the Devils to their 30th victory of the season, 3-1 over the Bears at Evans Diamond.

It was the 10th win of the season for Leake, giving him three straight seasons with double digit wins. Eddie Bane is the only other Sun Devil to accomplish that feat. That tells you something about Leake, as the storied program has now won at least 30 game in 47 straight seasons and 49 overall.

Jason Kipnis got the Devils on the board in the first with a solo home run to right center, his 12th of the season. Carlos Ramirez and Matt Newman both followed with walks and a single by Jared McDonald loaded the bases in the first, but Johnny Ruettiger lined into an unassisted double play with Ramirez being doubled off third.

ASU (30-8, 14-2 Pac 10) added another run off of Cal starter Erik Johnson in the third inning. Drew Maggi walked, stole second and moved up to third on Kipnis' groundout. Carlos Ramirez made it 2-0 with an RBI single and moved up to second on an error by left fielder Dwight Tanaka. Jared McDonald singled to left, but Tanaka made up for his error by throwing out Ramirez at the plate.

Freshman catcher Chadd Krist led off the third with his 2nd home run of the season to cut the lead to 2-1. Krist, who was just hitting .190 on the season, hit just the second home run Leake has allowed on the season.

The rest of the day belonged to Leake, who wouldn't need another run, but ASU got him one in the 8th. Zack MacPhee led off the frame with a single and was bunted to third by Maggi. The sacrifice bunt officially ended Maggi's seven game hitting streak.

After an intentional walk to Kipnis, Ramirez singled back up the middle to score MacPhee. That chased Johnson from the game, but Daniel Wolford worked out of the inning with just one allowed.

Leake allowed a leadoff single in the 9th, but after a pop-out, Cal (18-21, 5-11 Pac 10) star Jeff Kobernus grounded into a double play to end the game. Leake struck out seven and walked just one, while scattering five hits.

The tough luck loser was Bears' freshman Erik Johnson who worked 7.1 innings and at one point retired 13 straight Sun Devils. Johnson struck out seven and walked five, allowing three earned runs.

Carlos Ramirez finished 2-3 with a pair of RBI's on the afternoon. Jared McDonald finished 2-4, continuing his hot streak.

The Devils and Bears will continue their three game series tomorrow afternoon at Evans Diamond. The first pitch of game two will be at 1PM, with either Josh Spence or Seth Blair taking the ball for ASU. If Spence can't go due to a bruised middle finger, Blair will move up a day and get the start.


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