Torrez brothers sink Cal Poly

The seventh inning was the Torrez Brothers power inning. With ASU trailing by one run sophomore Riccio Torrez led off the inning with a solo home run to tie the game and later in the inning his brother Raoul Torrez connected for a grand slam that was the decisive blow in the Sun Devils 12-9 victory over Cal Poly at Surprise Stadium in the opening game of the Coca-Cola Classic.

Cal Poly played in the 2009 Tempe Regional and came back to the valley with a bit of revenge on its mind after being eliminated by Kent St. The 2010 team came into Surprise receiving votes in a few of the national polls.

The Sun Devils (8-0) got on the board right away, plating a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore Zack MacPhee was hit by a pitch with one out and scored on a double to center by senior Kole Calhoun. Riccio Torrez made it 2-0 Sun Devils with a double to left center that brought around Calhoun.

The Mustangs (3-5) had an answer, scoring in each of the next four innings off of ASU starter Seth Blair to build a 4-2 lead.

Sophomore Matt Jensen led off the second for Cal Poly with a triple to left center and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior David Van Ostrand.

Walks hurt Blair in the third inning as he walked the first two batters of the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, sophomore Bobby Crocker tied the game with an RBI groundout.

A pair of home runs in the 4th and 5th gave the Mustangs the lead. Senior Ross Brayton connected for a solo home run in the 4th and junior J.J. Thompson made it 4-2 with a blast to center.

ASU's offense finally came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting up two runs to tie the game. Raoul Torrez drew a one out walk and moved around to third on a double to right by sophomore Drew Maggi.

MacPhee cut the deficit to 4-3 with an RBI single that scored Torrez and Calhoun tied the game with a two-out double to left center that scored MacPhee.

Cal Poly regained the lead in the top of the sixth on a solo homer to left center by Van Ostrand.

The Sun Devils answered with a three spot after two outs that gave them back the lead for the first time since the second inning. .

Sophomore Johnny Ruettiger started the rally with a single back up the middle and sophomore Austin Barnes followed with a base hit of his own. The inning was extended thanks to an error by Van Ostrand that allowed Raoul Torrez to reach.

Mustangs starter Matt Leonard then walked Maggi to force in a run and MacPhee made him pay by lacing a two-run single to left, putting ASU out in front 7-5.

Mitchell Lambson replaced Blair for the seventh inning and the Mustangs put up three runs off of him to take back the lead.

Cal Poly loaded the bases with one out, but Lambson caught Crocker looking for the second out. Jensen followed with a big two-out single that scored two runs to tie the game and Van Ostrand followed with a single to right that made it 8-7 Mustangs.

That is when the Torrez brothers struck to win the game for ASU.

Riccio Torrez led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run off of Leonard to tie the game at 8-8.

Junior Matt Newman followed with a double to left center that chased Leonard from the game. Newman moved up to third on a ground out by sophomore Zach Wilson. Ruettiger then walked and Barnes was hit by a pitch to load the bases and set the scene for Raoul Torrez.

Not known as a power hitter, Torrez connected for a grand slam to left centerfield that delivered the decisive blow to the Mustangs.

Lambson recovered from a rough seventh and got the first two outs of the eighth and freshman Jake Barrett got the final out of the inning. Sophomore Jordan Swagerty allowed a solo home run to sophomore Luke Yoder leading off the ninth, but didn't allow another run.

MacPhee finished 2-3 at the plate with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Riccio Torrez and Calhoun also added two hits for ASU.

Blair didn't factor in the decision and worked six innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits while striking out six. Lambson allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings of work.

The Sun Devils continue the Coca-Cola Classic with a showdown with Pac-10 rival Oregon St. tomorrow in Surprise. The game will start approximately 45 minutes following the MLB spring training game that starts at 1PM at the park.


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