Sun Devils trounce Toreros

Brady Rodgers was just itching to get back out onto the mound. After taking the loss on Friday night against Oregon in extra innings, the freshman right hander wanted another shot. He made the most of it as ASU blanked the University San Diego 15-0

"That was real difficult on me, I took it real hard," Rodgers said of taking the loss last weekend. "Today I had a little fire in me because I was so mad about that. I used that on the mound to compete."

Rodgers worked seven shutout innings, while striking out six to pick up his second win of the season.

With the wind howling out to right field, Rodgers kept the ball down and on the ground. He only allowed four hits, with two of them being infield singles.

"I had command of all my pitches the whole game and I was hitting my spots," Rodgers said. "We had great defense too. That was key to the win."

ASU coach Tim Esmay saw it immediately following the loss on Friday that Rodgers was going to respond with his next chance.

"I saw his face after the game on Friday and it was the face of a competitor," Esmay said. "You could just tell that he felt the world of our team on the shoulders.

"He is a competitive kid, he is used to winning. Tonight was nice to get him on the mound. He is a good one."

The Sun Devils put on a complete effort, with clutch hitting, outstanding pitching and flashed the leather in the infield and the outfield. It all added up to a 15-0 blasting of San Diego at Packard Stadium.

"To come back out on a Monday and play after getting back yesterday, you don't know mentally where they will be at," Esmay said. "That was a sign of a team that knows how to play."

ASU (26-1) was helped onto the scoreboard by the Toreros defense in the first inning. Sophomore Drew Maggi reached on an error by USD shortstop Bryan Haar.

Maggi would eventually steal second base and come around to score on a base hit by sophomore Riccio Torrez. Sophomore Zach Wilson would add an RBI single that scored senior Kole Calhoun, who walked, and ASU led 2-0.

The Sun Devils tacked on three more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Maggi and Calhoun. Two runs scored on the ball hit by Calhoun when the ball went through the legs of USD left fielder Austin Green.

The lead blossomed out to 9-0, as ASU added one run in each of the next four innings. In the third, ASU got an RBI single from senior Raoul Torrez.

Wilson also connected for an RBI single in the fourth, Maggi brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and sophomore Johnny Ruettiger added an RBI single in the sixth.

ASU blew the game wide open in the seventh inning, scoring six times. Maggi led off the frame with a triple and scored on a base hit by sophomore Zack MacPhee.

Junior Jimmy Patterson collected a pinch hit RBI double to score Maggi and sophomore Jordan Swagerty plated two more with a double to left centerfield.

The Sun Devils didn't have an extra base hit in the first six innings of the game, but added three in the seventh alone.

Swagerty finished 3-6 with two RBI's, while Maggi finished 2-4 with three runs scored and two RBI's. In all, five Sun Devils finished with multiple hits and four had multiple RBI's.

After struggling at the plate last weekend, ASU busted out for 16 hits.

"The weekend was such a tough weekend offensively," Esmay said. "We struggled with making some adjustments and today our guys made the adjustments that they needed to make. It was nice to see that our guys responded to it."

Junior Josh Moody worked the final two innings to finish off the shutout of the Toreros.

Spence Update

ASU senior pitcher Josh Spence continues to make progress in recovering from an injury and threw again this past weekend in Eugene.

"Spence threw at Oregon and threw to some hitters," Esmay said. "That is twice now in a week so he is starting to throw to some hitters. He is really starting to get in that situation before he is ready to do something."

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