ASU Baseball Weekend Recap

In ASU's first true test of the 2003 season, the Devils swept the San Diego State Aztecs. Two of the games were nail biters, while the Sunday game was a blowout.

Friday

The Devils needed a comeback today to keep their record undefeated, and they did so in their 7-5 win. ASU spoiled Tony Gwynn's coaching debut for the Aztecs in front of a sell out crowd at Packard Stadium.

Mark Sopko got the start for the Devils and pitched a decent 4 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. Robbie McClellan improved to 3-0 on the year after obtaining the win in his relief role. His efforts included 3 1/3 innings pitched, giving up just one run. Closer Ryan Schroyer did his job, and secured the save with his work in the ninth inning, only giving up a hit, and earning his second save of the season.

San Diego State had an early 4-0 lead before the Devils would break their goose egg on the scoreboard when Rod Allen drove in Travis Buck off of a sacrifice fly. Buck had earlier doubled in the inning. SDSU would extend their lead to 5-1, but ASU would pull within two runs when Dustin Pedroia hit a two run home run that also scored Nick Walsh. In the bottom of the 8th, ASU would take the lead for good with four runs. Rod Allen scored off of a fielder's choice. In the next at bat, Pedroia singled to left field, scoring Dennis Wyrick. Ryan Bosch crossed the plate next off of a Travis Buck double and Pedroia scored off an Aztec fielding error.

Dustin Pedroia and Travis Buck were the only Devil's with multi-hit games. Pedroia had two hits, and Buck had three. Pedroia also had three RBI's in the game.

Saturday

ASU blew a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning, but would gain the win when they scored a run in their half of the ninth inning, and winning by a final score of 4-3.

Jered Liebeck was on the mound for ASU, and pitched five innings of solid ball, giving up one run, striking out two, and walking one. Transfer Beau Vaughan gave up the two runs in the top of the ninth, and was pulled after 3 1/3 innings of mostly solid pitching. In front of a plethora of scouts, Ryan Schroyer closed out the game and earned the win with his 2/3 innings pitched.

The Devil's offense was powered by a Jeremy West home run over the right field fence in the 6th inning, and a Jeff Larish bomb in the bottom of the 8th. Earlier in the game, ASU broke the 0-0 tie off of a Dustin Pedroia single that scored Dennis Wyrick. Pedroia, Larish, and Wyrick all had two hits apiece.

Sunday

The Arizona State bats exploded today for 24 runs in their defeat of San Diego State to finish off the sweep.

Freshman Erik Averill started the game and had another solid effort. He pitched four innings of scoreless ball. Ben Thurmond, Brett Bordes, Carlos Arguello, Javy Lopez, and Matt Leaf combined out of the bullpen for 4 1/3 innings pitched and gave up two runs. The other seven runs that the Aztecs scored came off of Bryce Kartler.

Jeff Larish and Steve Garrabrants lead the Sun Devil charge with a grand slam a piece. Garrabrants' occurred in the 3rd inning, while Larish's happened the next inning. Larish tied an ASU record with nine RBI's today. Andre Ethier lead the team with five runs scored in the game. Aside from Larish, Pedroia and Garrabrants were the only other Devils with a multi-hit outing.

ASU opened up strong in the 1st inning with a Larish single that scored Travis Buck and Dustin Pedroia. The 8th inning saw seven runs cross the plate. The key play of the inning was a Mike Guerrero doubled that scored two.

ASU travels to Long Beach, California next weekend to play 16th ranked Long Beach State. The Dirtbags' series against ASU, which starts on Friday Jan. 31st, will be their 2003 season opener.

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