Devils Complete Season Sweep of Arizona

While this one wasn't quite as out of hand as the last one, but it still wasn't close. Behind the second straight strong outing from Jason Franzblau, the Devils knocked off Arizona 9-3 on Wednesday at Sancet Stadium to end their season 5-0 against their rivals.

In their five victories against the Wildcats, the Devils (42-11) have outscored Arizona 63-19, including 29-6 in the two meetings in Tucson. Since falling to the Devils 20-3 on April 29th, the Cats have been red hot, winning eight of eleven games. The sweep of Arizona is ASU's first since 2003 and the first of more than three games since 1987.

Arizona (27-25) again sent Bryce Bandilla to the mound to make his third straight start against ASU. The Devils got to Bandilla once again, starting in the third inning after two outs. Drew Maggi started the two out rally with a single to right and went to third on a single by Jason Kipnis. Maggi put the Devils on the board by scampering home on a wild pitch by Bandilla.

A pair of walks loaded the bases for Riccio Torrez, who hit a grand slam in his last game in Tucson. The freshman singled in a pair of runs to put the Devils up 3-0 after three.

ASU tacked on another run in the fourth, thanks to an error by the Wildcats. Andy Workman reached with one out on an error by first baseman Dillon Baird and moved up to second on a groundout by Raoul Torrez. A two out single to left by Drew Maggi brought around Workman and ASU led 4-0.

The game was blown open in the fifth inning, thanks again to Arizona killer Ricco Torrez. Carlos Ramirez singled to lead off the inning and scored on Kole Calhoun's RBI triple down the left field line. Riccio Torrez then connected for his second home run in two games in Tucson and his sixth of his freshman season.

The Devils added two more in the 6th, with the inning again being started by the igniter Drew Maggi. The freshman shortstop walked and stole second to start the inning and scored on an RBI single to left center by Johnny Ruettiger. After Ruettiger was caught stealing and Ramirez flew out, Kole Calhoun extended the inning with a single up the middle and eventually scored on an RBI single by Matt Newman to make it 9-0.

The Wildcats finally got a run on the board against Franzblau in the 6th, but it was unearned. Bryce Ortega led off with a hit to right and moved to second on Dillon Baird's groundout. Jett Bandy then flew out to right and Ortega tagged and moved up to third and scored on a throwing error by Workman.

Dillon Baird added an RBI single off of reliever Matt Newman in the 8th to cut the lead to 9-2 and Dwight Childs made it 9-3 with an RBI double in the ninth, before Mitchell Lambson came in and shut the door on Arizona's comeback hopes.

Franzblau increased his streak for innings without allowing an earned run to 20.1 innings. The last earned run allowed by the senior was in the third inning of the San Diego game on May 6th. Since then, Franzblau has made three straight quality starts. On Wednesday, he didn't allow an earned run in seven innings and struck out four, while not walking a batter to improve to 3-2 on the season. ASU starters have not walked a batter in four straight starts.

Riccio Torrez finished 3-4 with four RBIs and Kole Calhoun also had three hits. Drew Maggi went 2-4, scored two runs and stole a pair of bases. Maggi now has 17 stolen bases in his first season, the most in ASU history by a freshman. The names passed by Maggi on Wednesday night include Barry Bonds and Mike Kelly.

The Devils will now head back home to wrap up the regular season with a weekend series against UCLA (26-27, 14-10 Pac 10) starting on Friday. First pitch from Packard Stadium is at 6:30, with Mike Leake likely matching up with Bruins' star freshman Gerrit Cole (4-7, 3.55 ERA).


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