Devils Hold On to Keep Streak Alive

For the first time all season, the Arizona State Sun Devils had to win a game on Sunday to keep their weekend series win streak alive. Jordan Swagerty carried over the momentum he gained in the midweek and worked ASU out of a late inning jam to hold on for a 6-5 win over Cal at Evans Diamond.

The Devils (31-9, 15-3 Pac 10) got out of the gates quick on Sunday, with a big inning again started by Drew Maggi. The shortstop led off the game with a single and proceeded to steal second. After a walk to Jason Kipnis, Carlos Ramirez laid down a sacrifice attempt that Cal tried to get Maggi at third but the ball got away allowing a run to score.

Another run came across on a sacrifice fly by Matt Newman and ASU led 2-0 early. Zack MacPhee added a two out RBI single to score Ramirez and all three runs scored against Bears' starter Kevin Miller were unearned.

The Bears (19-22, 6-12 Pac 10) began to chip away at the lead against Seth Blair in the 3rd. Blair walked Rich Gorman to start the inning and he moved up to second on a groundout by Brett Jackson.

Blair then hit Brian Guinn with a pitch, but then caught Mark Canha looking for the second out. Jeff Kobernus followed with a single back up the middle to score Gorman and cut ASU's lead to 3-1.

Dylan Tonneson's 5th home run of the season came with two outs in the 4th and the Devils lead was cut to one. The shot to left came after Blair struck out the first two batters of the inning. Cal tied the game and chased Blair just two innings later. Kobernus led off the 6th with a double to left and moved up to third on a single by Blake Smith. Michael Brady brought the tying run home on a sacrifice fly to center. Blair then gave way to Mitchell Lambson who worked out of the inning with no further damage.

ASU took the lead back for good in the next half inning. Andy Workman drew a one out walk and moved up to second on a balk by Cal pitcher Michael Burgary. Raoul Torrez brought the go-ahead run around to score on an RBI single to left that made it 4-3. Torrez then stole both second and third before scoring on a hit by Maggi.

The Devils were able to push across an insurance run in the 8th; one that would prove very critical when Sunday's game was all said and done. Matt Newman led off the inning with a single and was bunted to second by Jared McDonald. After MacPhee flied out for the second out, the other Torrez picked up a clutch hit for ASU as this time it was Riccio doubling in a run to make it 6-3.

Things got interesting for Lambson in the 8th, as the Bears would not die easy. Kobernus singled to center to start the bottom of the 8th and Smith followed suit. Michael Brady then hit a ground ball to Riccio Torrez who threw home and after a short rundown, Kobernus was eventually retired. That play would prove not as important after the very next batter Danny Oh tripled in both runners to cut the score to 6-5.

Pat Murphy then turned to Jordan Swagerty with the tying run at third and only one out. The freshman started by hitting Dylan Tonneson to put runners at the corners, but worked out of the jam with the lead intact by getting Dwight Tanaka to pop out to first and Brett Jackson to ground out to first.

Swagerty then worked 1-2-3 through the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season. Seth Blair worked 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and three runs. Blair recorded nine strikeouts on Sunday, breaking his previous career high of 8 that he set on opening weekend. Mitchell Lambson allowed two runs in his two innings of work, but picked up his sixth win of the season.

Drew Maggi went 2-5 on the day with an RBI and a run scored. Raoul Torrez also had a pair of hits, going 2-4 with an RBI, run scored and two stolen bases.

The Devils next travel down to Tucson for a mid-week, non-Pac 10 contest with the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday. The first pitch from Kindall Field is at 3PM. Following the game against UA, ASU heads to Corvallis for a critical Pac 10 conference series with Oregon State starting at 5PM on Friday.

The Beavers currently sit in fourth place, 4.5 games behind ASU. Washington State series win over UCLA; the Cougars are now in second place 3.5 games behind the Devils. UCLA took two of three from Oregon State to move into third place, four games back.

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