Blair Pitches ASU Past Towson

On Friday evening, the Towson Tigers got plenty of runners on base against junior right hander Seth Blair, their problem came after they put ducks on the pond. Blair tied his career high with nine strikeouts in five innings of work to lead the Sun Devils to a 15-1 victory at Packard Stadium.

ASU (4-0) scored at least one run in every inning against four Tigers' pitchers to win their fourth straight.

In the first, sophomore Zack MacPhee continued his torrid start with a one out single to right and stole second base. Towson catcher Bryan Wyman's throw sailed into centerfield, allowing MacPhee to scamper to third base.

Sophomore Riccio Torrez put the Sun Devils on the board with a two out single that plated MacPhee.

The Devils added another run in the second. Sophomore Zach Wilson started things with a single, but Towson (1-3) starter Nate Curd retired the next two batters and appeared to escape the inning without any damage.

That was when the other Torrez brother struck. An inning after his brother laced a two-out RBI single, Raoul Torrez did the same to plate Wilson and make it 2-0 ASU.

MacPhee collected his fifth triple of the season to lead off the third and senior Kole Calhoun brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center and ASU led 3-0.

The fourth was almost a mirror image of the third, but this time it was Wilson leading off with a triple and sophomore Johnny Ruettiger driving him in with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Calhoun's infield single scored Raoul Torrez and ASU built a 5-0 lead.

Towson finally got a run on the board off of Blair in the fifth. Sophomore Ben Winter drew a two out walk and junior Chris Wychock singled to move Winter to second. Senior Kevin Collins then ripped a single to center that scored Winter to cut the lead to 5-1.

The Sun Devils blew the game open in the fifth and sixth innings, plating seven runs.

In the fifth, sophomore Austin Barnes connected for an RBI single and Drew Maggi ripped a two-out, two run double down the left field line to make it 8-1.

The Tigers were bit by a little laziness in the sixth inning. With two outs, Ruettiger chopped one to the second base, but Wychock's took his time with the throw and Ruettiger beat it out for an infield single.

Raoul Torrez made Towson pay for its mistake by sending a triple over the head of Collins in centerfield that cleared the bases. Freshman Deven Marrero collected his first career hit that drove home Torrez and ASU built a 12-1 lead.

Matt Newman's sac fly in the 7th, an RBI triple by Marrero and an RBI groundout by Joey DeMichele in the 8th capped the scoring for ASU.

Blair allowed six hits, but just one run in his five innings to collect his second victory of the season. Sophomore Mitchell Lambson continued to impress early on, striking out three and walking one in two scoreless innings.

Freshman Jake Barrett struck out the side in his inning of work and sophomore Jordan Swagerty pitched a scoreless ninth.

ASU has racked up the triples early on in the 2010 season, on Friday they added four more to their total.

Raoul Torrez finished the day 3-4 with four RBI's and finished a home run away from the cycle. His only out was a lined shot right at the third baseman.

MacPhee continued his torrid start, finishing 3-3 with a pair of walks. Riccio Torrez went 3-5 with an RBI Wilson and Barnes each added a pair of hits for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils and Tigers will continue their four game series tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader that will get underway at 1PM tomorrow at Packard Stadium. Sophomore Jake Borup is expected to start game one, while junior Jimmy Patterson is likely to go in game two.

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