Baseball Weekend Recap

The ASU baseball team traveled to Surprise this weekend and played in the Coca Cola Spring Training Classic. The 5th ranked Devils won all three of their games and improved to 17-1 on the year, their best start since 1988.

Friday The Devils faced Gonzaga for the seventh time in school history, and kept the Zags winless against ASU. Ben Thurmond started his first game as a Devil, and gave up four runs in two innings pitched, striking out one, and not recording a walk. Relief pitcher Mark Sopko (2-0) had one of his best outings as a Devil, striking out five in seven innings in the 8-4 ASU win.

After trailing 4-1, ASU exploded for five runs in the 3rd inning. Jeff Larish lead off the inning with a walk, and would later score on a Dennis Wyrick single. After four more runs, Andre Ethier struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. The Devils would add two more runs in the 6th inning when Ryan Bosch and Tuffy Gosewisch crossed the plate.

Saturday After Friday's win, Oklahoma State was ASU's next opponent. The Devils faced one of the premier pitchers in College Baseball in right-hander Scott Baker.

Beau Vaughan (2-1), who usually comes out of the bullpen, notched the win. He had a solid day, lasting five innings, giving up just one run. Brett Bordes, Javy Lopes, Bryce Kartler, and Ryan Schroyer all came out of the bullpen, giving up two runs combined in four innings. Schroyer was in his usual closing role, pitching the 9th inning.

After a slow start, the bats pounded out six runs in the 5th inning. Dustin Pedroia tripled to center field, scoring Steve Garrabrants and Joel Bocchi. Travis Buck was the next hitter, and he hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pedroia. Larish would cross the plate a couple of hitters later, and Rodney Allen capped the inning off with a single, scoring Jeremy West and Andre Ethier. ASU would add an insurance run in the 8th inning, and won the game 7-3.

Sunday ASU faced Pac-10 opponent Oregon State and won the game 9-4 to cap off the Coca Cola Spring Training Classic. Jered Liebeck had his usual Sunday start, and improved to 3-0 on the year. He gave up three runs in five innings. Five Devils saw action out of the bullpen, and once again showed the depth of this pitching staff, giving up one run.

With the score tied at 1 in the 4th inning, Dustin Pedroia doubled down the left field line and would score off of an Ethier single. Next up was Steve Garrabrants, and he hit his third homerun of the season, scoring three. In the 5th inning, Pedroia and Allen both went deep for the second time this year.

ASU faces Gonzaga on Monday and hosts Dayton on Friday and Notre Dame on Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium.

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