Baseball Weekend Recap

The second ranked Arizona State baseball team faced the Penn State Nittany Lions this past weekend at Packard Stadium. ASU swept the three game series and as a result own the best in start in school history at 24-1.

Friday

Jered Liebeck started for game for ASU. He lasted 2 1/3 innings, and was yanked after the hour and five-minute rain delay. Erik Averill (4-0) had another solid outing in the 13-0 win. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits. Carlos Arguello pitched the ninth inning, retiring all three Nittany Lions' players.

When Jeff Larish crossed the plate in the first inning, it was the 13th time this season that ASU has scored in the first inning. In the third inning Travis Buck lead the inning off with a triple to right center. Two hitters later, Jeremy West was hit by a pinch, and Andre Ethier would double to left field. Both those Devils would later score in the inning. ASU took a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jeff Larish hit his ninth home run (third grand slam) on the year. In the seventh inning, Mike Guerrero hit his first career home run as a Devil, scoring three. Larish would add two more RBI's in the eighth inning when he singled, scoring Joel Bocchi and Frank Mesa.

Saturday

Robbie McClellan (4-0) earned the win in his start of Saturday's 12-1 win. He pitched five innings, giving up six hits and one run. The bullpen quartet of Mark Sopko, Chris Beatty Javy Lopez, and Bryce Kartler shut down the Nittany Lions, giving up a combined two hits and zero runs.

ASU's bats came out swinging early in the game, and after the second inning the game was over. The Devils would score six runs in the first inning. Steve Garrabrants singled in the to left field, scoring Larish and Buck, and would later score along with West on a throwing error. The Devils would add four more runs in the second inning when Frank Mesa singled to center field, scoring Ethier and Larish. Dustin Pedroia and Garrabrants would also score in the inning. The victory marked ASU's 800th win at Packard Stadium.

Sunday

With Sunday's 11-7 win over Penn State, ASU is off to its best start in school history at 24-1. Ben Thurmond (3-0) started the game, giving up two runs and three hits in five innings of work. Middle reliever Beau Vaughan was roughed up, giving up five runs in two innings. Ryan Schroyer ensured the win for ASU, earning his fifth save on the season.

ASU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jeremy West and Andre Ethier crossed the plate. In the third inning, Jeff Larish walked, and would later score when Either drove him in. Jeff Larish would add his 10th homerun on the year in the sixth inning to give ASU a 10-0 lead. Pedroia, Larish, Mesa, and Bocchi all had a multi-hit game.

ASU hosts the Bob Schaefer Memorial Classic next weekend at Packard Stadium. Participating teams are Cal State-Northridge, Utah, and Southern Utah.

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