Baseball Weekend Recap

The fourth ranked ASU baseball team faced Dayton on Friday and 11th ranked Notre Dame on Saturday and Sunday. The Devils swept all three games to move their record to 21-1 on the season and improve their winning streak to 12 games.


Starting pitcher Jered Liebeck (4-0) threw seven innings of scoreless ball, allowing only five hits. Dayton's only run came off of Erik Averill, who saw his first action out of the bullpen this season.

ASU once again scored in the 1st inning when Travis Buck scored on a wild pitch and Jeff Larish crossed the plate on a throwing error. ASU would hit around the order in the 5th inning, when they scored six and extended their lead to 8-0. Frank Mesa and Andre Ethier would score on another throwing error in the 7th inning to give the Devils a 10-0 lead, and would end up winning 10-1 after Dayton scored a run in the 8th inning. Frank Mesa and Andre Ethier both went 3 for 5 to lead the Devils offensively.


ASU continued their winning ways with the 16-3 pounding of 11th ranked Notre Dame.

Beau Vaughan (3-1) started his second game of the year and pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up three runs. The bullpen combo of Brett Bordes and Ryan Schroyer did not give up a run to the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame took an early 1-0 lead up until the 5th inning, but ASU finished off the last four innings of the game on fire. Jeff Larish hit an opposite field grand slam, which was his eighth homerun of the year. Jeremy West would add two homeruns; with a two run shot in the 7th inning, and a grand slam in the 8th. West went 4 for 4 on the day with six RBI's and four runs scored.


ASU needed a come from behind victory to pull off the weekend sweep. After trailing 8-4, the Devils would put nine runs on the board in the bottom of 6th to pull out the victory 14-8.

Ben Thurmond pitched a solid game, giving up one run in five innings pitched. Reliever Javy Lopez (1-0) was tagged with the win and closer Ryan Schroyer earned his fourth save of the season.

ASU took a quick 4-0 lead in the 1st inning when Andre Ethier doubled down the left field line, driving in three runs. In the nine run 6th inning, Jeremy West hit his seventh homerun of the year, and his third in the last two games. Later in the inning, Jeff Larish doubled to left center, scoring three.

Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with four hits in the game. Larish and Steve Garrabrants also had multi-hit games. The win gave Pat Murphy career win number 700, with it coming coincidently against his former team. After hitting just 38 homeruns last year, ASU already has 31 this year.

ASU hosts Penn State next weekend at Packard Stadium. The Nittany Lions have not played a game this season because of weather conditions that have rained out both of their series.

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