Sitting in the stands watching both games unfold, I had to wonder…was the six plus hour travel time by bus, playing out-of-state against a top 20 team in Cal State Fullerton, that has gotten the best of ASU over the past few seasons or just the fact that Arizona State needed to change their downward ways. Any which way you look at it, this midweek two game series was inspiring!
You need to look no further than 19 total runs for ASU and 18 for CSF in two games.
(Fullerton, CA) – It required extra innings on Wednesday night at Goodwin Field, but this time it was Arizona State that pushed across a pair of runs in the final inning to defeat Cal State Fullerton 10 to 8, and earn a split in the two game mid-week series. There was plenty of offense early, but as the temperature cooled on Wednesday night, so did the bats. After ASU pushed across a single run in the top of the sixth to tie the game up, it was nothing but zeros until the top of the tenth. After two fly balls to the outfield retired the first two Sun Devils, a walk and a pair of plunked batters loaded the bases up for sophomore Raoul Torrez. Having struck out already four times earlier in the evening, Raoul didn’t wait and slapped the first pitch he saw through the middle, bringing home the winning as well as an insurance run.
@ Stanford 7 – Saint Mary’s 4
ASU 10 – @ Cal State Fullerton 8
@ Arizona 10 – New Mexico 4
@ OSU – Portland (rained out)
During the season, I will be providing random thoughts from around the nation. On Saturday night, We had Pat Murphy of Arizona State get ejected in the fifth inning as his Sun Devils went on to lose to the Oregon State Beavers. He tried to spark his team which ended up losing the game but picked up a victory on Sunday to salvage a game from the Beavers. Continue reading
(Fullerton, CA) – Cal State Fullerton continues to be a difficult place for Arizona State to play, and on a cool Tuesday night these two quality programs battled back and forth for over four exciting hours. Yet at the end ASU couldn’t get the final out, and instead CSF short stop Christian Colon secured the victory with a single through the left side that brought home Gary Brown for the 10 to 9 victory in the bottom of the ninth.
@ UCLA 8 – UNLV 7 (11 innings)
@ Arizona 4 – New Mexico 1
@ Cal State Fullerton 10 – ASU 9
@ Cal 10 – Cal Poly 8
San Diego State 6 – @ USC 3
@ WSU 9 – Gonzaga 8
@ Portland – Washington (rained out)
(Tempe, AZ) – 12 pitchers combined to allow 16 hits, 18 walks and 27 runs in the only typical Pac-10 Sunday game. 3,279 fans spent 3:44 witnessing plenty of offense on a comfortable afternoon. The 15 to 12 victory by Arizona State prevented the first Pac-10 series sweep by a visitor at Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark since 1997.
Starting pitching was terrible for both teams as neither Reyes Dorado for ASU or Jorge Reyes for OSU made it through the second inning. Brett Wallace hit a three run home run for the Sun Devils in the first and his two run single in the second finished off Jorge Reyes. Reyes Dorado on the other hand lucked out with a 1-2-3 first, but he came apart after that as the Beavers sent four singles through the left infield combined with two walks to end his afternoon early.
UC Riverside 7 @ #5 UCI 5
#18 CSF 2 @ Pacific 1
#24 LBSU 4 @ Cal St. Northridge 1
Cal Poly 4 @ UC Davis 2
USC 0 @ UCSB 6
No. 5 UC Irvine Upset by UC Riverside
IRVINE, Calif. — The fifth-ranked Anteaters were upset by UC Riverside, losing 7-5 in the series finale Sunday at Anteater Ballpark. The loss dropped UCI to 6-6 in the Big West (24-9 overall) while the Highlanders improved to 11-23 (5-4 Big West) overall. It was the Anteaters’ first series loss to an unranked opponent this season and the first time UCI has lost two straight games. Continue reading
(Tempe, AZ) – After sitting out Saturday night against Oregon State, Ike Davis returned to the Arizona State lineup on Sunday and was instrumental in ASU salvaging one game of the Pac-10 series. Despite a sore hamstring that slowed him throughout the afternoon, Ike started for the Sun Devils at first base and batted in the clean up position.
In his first plate appearance in the first inning, Ike threw his bat after a ball on the outside and struck out. But in the second inning a “mammoth blast” according to the voice of the Sun Devils Tim Healey, that ended up east of the stadium on Rural Road and then onto the Karsten Golf Course driving range scored three runs. On the offensive front Ike finished the day 1 for 3 with 3 runs, 3 RBI’s, 3 walks and 2 K’s. Continue reading