The Huskies received quite a strong walk up crowd in posting their largest home attendance of the season at 1,371 but many had yet to even find a seat when Pedroia took Husky starter Jeff Petersen's second pitch and belted it over the left field wall for a 1-0 Arizona State lead.
The Huskies responded immediately and tied the game at 1 in the bottom
of the first when Brent Lillibridge lined his 10th home run of the season, an
opposite field shot, over the right field wall. Following Lillibridge's long ball,
the Huskies continued to hammer Sun Devil starter Ben Thurmond, as Greg Isaacson and
Aaron Hathaway singled.
Then Mike Wagner hit a hard line drive on a 2-2 delivery
from Thurmond, but Pedroia gloved it just off the Astroturf and threw to Steve
Garrabrants at second to double Isaacson off second. The Huskies still had two
runners aboard after Kyle Larsen singled, but Chad Boudon grounded into a fielder's
choice at second to end the inning.
After the two teams went down in order in the second, Arizona State
struck for five runs in the third, capitalizing on Petersen's wildness and one very
big error by shortstop Tila Reynolds. Petersen pitched himself into big trouble,
loading the bases on back to back walks to Tuffy Gosewisch and Pedroia and one out
later, another free pass to Jeremy West.
Andre Ethier then grounded what looked
like a routine double play ball to Isaacson at second, but Reynolds dropped
Isaacson's throw, allowing Gosewisch to score and put the Sun Devils in front 2-1.
A day after scoring only one run on six hits, the Sun Devils took advantage of the
extra out given to them by Reynolds. Mike Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly to center
to score Pedroia. Frank Mesa then lined a single to center, with West scoring as he
beat Lillibridge's throw home, to make it 4-1.
A broken bat single by Garrabrants
scored Ethier and Travis Buck completed Arizona State's five spot with another
single, scoring Mesa.
The Huskies got two runs back in the bottom of the inning and made it
6-3 when Wagner stroked his 14th home run of the season, a shot over the wall in
right center field, after a leadoff walk to Lillibridge.
From that point it was all Sun Devils. They made it 7-3 in the top of
the fourth as Pedroia led off with a line single to center, advanced to third on a
pair of Petersen wild pitches, and scored on a single by West off Petersen's leg and
into left field.
Then the Sun Devils made it 8-3 in the top of the sixth as Jeff
Larish led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch by reliever David
Dowling, went to third on an infield hit by West, and scored on a sacrifice fly to
left by Ethier.
Wagner actually dropped the ball for the Huskies' second error of
the game, but fortunately it did not come back to haunt them, as Dowling struck out
the next three batters.
The Sun Devils reached the 10 run mark for the 30th time this season
when they added three runs to put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh.
Buck led off with a perfect bunt single between the mound and first base, advanced
to third on a single by Gosewisch and came home on Pedroia's third hit of the game a
single to left field.
After Lillibridge made a nice sliding catch in shallow center
on a blooper by Larish, West walked to load the bases.
Husky coach Ken Knutson
brought Jamie Hawkins in to relieve Dowling, and Ethier greeted him with a single on
the very first pitch to bring home Gosewisch and put the Devils up 10-3. Guerrero
then grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Pedroia with the Devils' final run.
Pedroia led the offense for the Sun Devils, going 3 for 5 with four runs
scored and two runs batted in, while Ethier finished 2 for 3 with a run scored and
After coach Pat Murphy yanked Thurmond following a leadoff walk to
Lillibridge in the third, Robbie McClellan came in and shut the Huskies down,
pitching five terrific innings of relief, allowing only one run on three hits, to
improve his record to a perfect 7-0.
Petersen suffered the loss for the Huskies to
drop to 5-5, allowing seven runs, three earned, on six hits and four walks in three
and one thirds innings. He struck out one.
With the victory Arizona State improved to 47-11 overall and 13-7 in the
Pac-10 and moved two games ahead of the Huskies for second place in the conference,
as the Huskies dropped to 11-9 and 36-16.
Arizona State and Washington play the
rubber game of the series on Monday night at Husky Ballpark, with first pitch from
Clay Johnson, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Beau Vaughan will take the mound for the Sun
Arizona State 11, UW 3
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