The Red Raiders have not been able to accomplish it since 2001, but a trip to the desert provided an opportunity to snap that streak – beat a Top 10 ranked non-conference opponent.
But in the end a solid bullpen and huge seventh inning is what led the Red Raiders (10-3) to the eventual 8-4 upset victory against the Sun Devils.
The game was a pitching duel, keeping it scoreless, until the third inning when Arizona State's Drew Stankiewicz tripled to right-center field and was promptly driven in by Jake Peevyhouse on a groundout to Tech second baseman Bryant Burleson making it 1-0 Arizona State (8-3).
The Red Raiders did not wait around to get the lead back as the very next inning Tech first baseman Scott LeJeune led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Reid Redman and then scored on a Bo Altobelli single, knotting the game up at 1-1.
On a full count pitch from Zak Miler, who got tagged with the loss for Arizona State, with two outs, Kevin Whitehead, who had pinch-hit for Stephen Hagen, delivered with a RBI double down the right field line scoring Altobelli, making it 2-1 Tech.
The Red Raiders never looked back, as Tech proceeded to tack on runs in the fifth and sixth extending its lead to 4-1.
The offense was a major factor, but the pitching was also a key, especially out of the pen.
After a solid start by Paiz, normally Tech's closer John Neely was summoned in the fourth inning, and despite struggling at times this season turned in a solid three-inning performance and got the win.
Neely (2-1) finished the game going three innings, giving up one run on three hits, walked one and struck out one as well.
Despite being up 4-1 and having solid pitching, Tech served the deafening blow in the seventh inning when the Red Raiders trotted four runs home.
After getting the bases juiced, Arizona State relief pitcher Robert Ravago walked Whitehead to bring in the fifth run for Tech as LeJeune, who had doubled to lead off the inning and finished 2-for-4 with one walk, scored.
Tech would score three more runs in the inning thanks to an error by the first baseman, an RBI singe by Brennan Moore and a free pass to Jamodrick McGruder with the bases loaded scoring Whitehead, making it an 8-1 lead for the Red Raiders.
Tech forced Arizona State's hand eight times as the Sun Devils ran eight pitchers out to the mound trying to figure out how to shut down Tech.
Arizona State got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh off a Trever Allen two-RBI double to pull the Sun Devils within five, but Arizona State would never be able to really get back into the game.
The Sun Devils would add one more in the bottom of the ninth, but the Tech bullpen slammed the door on the game solidifying the 8-4 win, marking the first time since 2005 that the Red Raiders have defeated a ranked non-conference opponent on the road.
Tech is back in action on Friday as it travels to Fort Worth to face No. 26 TCU in its first true road series test of the season.