ASU Baseball Weekend Recap

The 8th ranked Arizona State baseball team took on the BYU Cougars this past weekend, and swept the three game series. The sweep improves the Sun Devils' record to 14- 1.

Friday Mark Sopko once again got the opening series game start, and had a decent showing, lasting four innings, giving up just one run. Ryan Schroyer (2-0) notched the win, facing just one batter in the 6-5 win.

ASU got on the board first off of Travis Buck's first career home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Steve Garrabrants went deep also, scoring Ryan Bosch. The Devil's added two more runs in the fifth, when Buck and Garrabrants both scored their second runs of the game. The Cougars did tie the game up, but would pull out the win in the bottom of the ninth when Frank Mesa walked with the bases loading, scoring Jeff Larish.

Saturday Reigning National Pitcher of the Week Jered Liebeck did not exactly repeat last Saturday's performance, giving up six runs in four innings of work. Transfer Ben Thurmond (1-0) won his first game as a Devil in his two innings of relief. Matt Leaf, Chris Beatty, and Robbie McClellan combined for the other three innings, not giving up a run.

The Devil's bats came alive tonight, as they crushed BYU 17-6. Frank Mesa went four for six, with three RBI's and a homerun. Jeremy West and Jeff Larish also both went deep, for their fourth and six times of the year, respectively. West also had four RBI's in the contest. BYU took an early 4-0 lead, but the Devils would never look back with seven runs in the third inning.

Sunday Freshman Erik Averill was roughed up in 2 1/3 pitched, giving up four runs. The bullpen was flawless, not letting a Cougar cross the plate. Ryan Schroyer (3-0) won his second game of the series in the 6-4 ASU win.

After falling behind 4-0, ASU finally scored in the 5th inning, off of a Joel Bocchi three run homerun. Jeff Larish hit his second homerun of the series, and seventh on the season in the 6th inning. The Devils took the lead in the eighth, with Frank Mesa and Andre Ethier scoring.

Next weekend, ASU travels to Surprise to play in the Coca Cola Spring Training Classic. The field also includes Oklahoma State, Gonzaga, and Oregon State.

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