Devils Rally From Four Down to Top San Diego

A sign of a good team is responding in the face of adversity and that is exactly what Arizona State was faced with on Tuesday night. Down four runs and staring their third straight loss in the face, ASU rallied to force extras and Matt Newman won the game on the mound and at the plate with a walk-off ingle in the 11th lifting ASU to an 8-7 victory in front of 2,923 at Packard Stadium.

The Toreros (27-22) got on the board first in the second inning against ASU starter Jason Franzblau. Zach Walters led off the 2nd with a single up the middle and Franzblau then walked Nick McCoy to put two on with nobody out.

Bryan Haar made it 1-0 San Diego with a single to left that brought home Walters. After allowing the run, Franzblau worked out of the jam with no further damage on the scoreboard.

Kole Calhoun tied the game at 1-1 leading off the second with a solo home run to right field, his 6th of the season. Zach Wilson singled with one out in the inning and moved out to second on a ground out by Raoul Torrez. Matt Newman gave ASU the lead with a two-out single up the middle that brought Wilson around to score.

That lead didn't last long as the Toreros tied the game in the third. Sean Nicol singled to left with one out in the inning and after a pop out for the second out, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Franzblau. Zach Walters made that hurt with a two out single to right that scored Nicol and the game was tied at 2-2.

A pair of errors allowed San Diego to jump in front with two runs in the 6th. Bryan Haar singled with one out, but Franzblau got Austin Green to pop to shortstop Drew Maggi, but Maggi dropped the ball allowing everyone to be safe. Franzblau then got a strikeout for the second out, but pinch hitter Tony Strazzara gave USD the lead with a single to center. An error by Raoul Torrez allowed Green to score and give the Toreros a 4-2 advantage.

The Devils (34-11) got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the sixth. Kole Calhoun was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second while Jared McDonald struck out. Torero reliever Scott DeNault then walked Johnny Ruettiger and Raoul Torrez to load the bases.

Bryan Haar then came into pitch for USD and walked Newman to force in a run. ASU couldn't get any more out of the inning as they left the bases loaded.

Kole Calhoun took over on the mound for Franzblau in the 7th and allowed a leadoff single to Nicol. After a lineout, Walters singled to left that quickly ended Calhoun's outing. Kyle Brule took over on the mound and Nick McCoy greeted him with a three run blast to left center and USD held a 7-3 lead in the 7th.

The Devils began to chip away at the deficit in the bottom of the 7th, with Carlos Ramirez' doubling with one away. Ramirez took third on a wild pitch with two away and the throw from catcher Nick McCoy got away allowing Ramirez to score and make it 7-4.

Zack MacPhee cut into the lead further with a one out homer in the 8th. Drew Maggi followed with a triple down the right field line and scored on an infield single by Jason Kipnis to cut USD's lead to 7-6.

Jared McDonald started the ninth with a single to right, but Jordan Swagerty struck out looking and Raoul Torrez struck out swinging, putting the Devils down to their last out. Matt Newman walked, moving McDonald to second and Zack MacPhee tied the game with a clutch single to left.

McDonald also started the game-winning rally in the bottom of the 11th, by drawing a leadoff walk. Mike Leake grounded into a force out that forced McDonald out at second. Raoul Torrez then singled to right, sending Leake to third with one away. Matt Newman then hit a ball to short that could have been a potential double play ball but the ball took a hop for a single that scored Leake and the Devils won 8-7. It was the first walk-off victory for ASU since the Super Regional in 2007.

Newman pitched the 10th and 11th innings to pick up his second victory of the season. Jason Franzblau got the no decision after pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs. Jake Borup and Mitchell Lambson each worked scoreless innings for the Devils on Tuesday.

Carlos Ramirez finished 3-6 on the day and Zack MacPhee had two huge hits in the comeback for the Devils. Newman and MacPhee both drove in a pair of runs.

The Devils and Toreros will wrap up their two game series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch on Wednesday at Packard Stadium is at 4PM.

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