Baseball sweeps away Washington with 9-6 victory

May 21, 2012

Sun Devil Pac-12 team titles

Pac-12 Baseball Standings as of May 20, 2012 games
Oregon, 19-8
Arizona, 18-9 (1 GB)
Arizona State, 17-10 (2 GB)
UCLA, 17-10 (2 GB)
Stanford, 17-10 (2 GB) Download Full Image

The 16th-ranked Arizona State baseball team completed its fourth consecutive home Pac-12 conference series sweep with a 9-6 victory over Washington on Sunday at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils (35-18, 17-10) have won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games at Packard Stadium and finish the home season with a 23-6 record, including 14-1 in conference play. This is the first time since 1988 and only the third time in program history that ASU has swept four consecutive Pac-12 home series'.

Deven Marrero went 3-for-4 with three RBI and fell a home run short of the cycle, and Joey DeMichele batted in a trio of runs as all nine ASU starters recorded at least one hit.

Right-hander Robert Ravago (4-0) earned the win after escaping a jam in the seventh inning and right-hander Jake Barrett (11) threw a perfect eighth and ninth inning to collect his 11th save of the season.

Abe Ruiz, right-hander Joseph Lopez and left-hander Adrian Gomez were honored before the game during a senior day ceremony. Lopez gave up no runs and no hits with one walk in 2/3 innings, and Ruiz went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Devils struck first on an RBI sacrifice fly by DeMichele in the third inning to take the lead, 1-0. Andrew Aplin reached base on a single and advanced to third on a base hit by Marrero before sliding into home to score the first run of the game.

Branden Barry knocked in a two-run triple in the fourth frame and Caleb Brown added an RBI single in the following inning to put Washington on top, 3-1. ASU responded in the bottom of the fifth with a triple by Marrero and an RBI sacrifice fly by DeMichele to cut their deficit to one, 3-2.

The Huskies (27-24, 11-6) added a run in the sixth inning on an RBI double to stretch their advantage back to two, 4-2.

ASU regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, 6-4, behind a bases-clearing three-run double for Marrero and an RBI single by Kasey Coffman. Michael Benjamin walked, Coffman singled and Aplin reached on a fielders choice to load the bases for Marrero, who knocked in his seventh hit of the series.

UW got back-to-back two-out RBI singles in the top of the seventh to tie the game at six runs apiece, but a triple by James McDonald and an RBI sacrifice fly by Nathaniel Causey in the bottom of the frame put the Devils back on top, 7-6.

DeMichele and Ruiz each recorded an RBI in the eighth inning to push ASU's lead to three, 9-6.

Starting right-hander Alex Blackford gave up three runs on two hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. Left-hander Adam McCreery replaced him in the fifth frame and allowed one run on four hits in 2/3 innings.

Right-hander Tyler Kane (5-2) took the loss after conceding four runs, including one earned, on four hits in two innings. Starting right-hander Aaron West lasted five innings and gave up two runs on five walks.

The Sun Devils end the 2012 season with a three-game Pac-12 series against Arizona in Tucson May 25-27. The games on May 25 and 26 are set for 6 p.m., while the one on May 27 will start at 12 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live by the Sun Devil Sports Network on the Fan AM 1060.

Game notes: Benjamin extended his hitting streak to seven games and has reached base successfully in 13 straight games...the Sun Devils wore their third different jersey combination of the weekend (black and copper on Friday, new white and maroon on Saturday, and maroon and gold on Sunday)...Aplin struck out in the fifth inning, ending his streak of 113 consecutive conference at-bats without a strikeout...left-hander Matt Dunbar gave up one unearned run and struck out one on no hits in 2/3 innings.

Softball hosts Super Regional vs. Lafayette

May 21, 2012

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All-session passes for Sun Devil softball Super Regional will be on sale to the general public at 1 p.m., May 21, as Arizona State hosts La.-Lafayette at Farrington Stadium this weekend. Game times have been set, and the first game will take place at 7 p.m., PT, May 24 on ESPN2, followed by a 6 p.m. game on May 25 (ESPNU) and an 8:30 game, May 25 (if necessary) on ESPNU. All games will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well. Download Full Image

The eight Super Regional sites will have games played from May 24-27, with series starting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

All-session passes are available for field level ($25), reserved level ($22), general admission for adults ($20) and general admission for senior citizens, juniors and groups ($15).

Single-game tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m., May 23. Credit card machines are available at the ticket booth at Farrington Stadium.

The Sun Devils are 40-3 at Farrington Stadium this season. Coach Clint Myers, who has led ASU to national championships in 2008 and 2011, is 44-10 in NCAA postseason action including a 23-2 mark at Farrington Stadium. His Sun Devils squads are 10-2 in Super Regional action, including a 10-0 mark at home.

2011 National Champions
ASU 4, Texas A&M 2 (May 27, 2011 at Tempe Super Regional)
ASU 3, Texas A&M 2 (May 26, 2011 at Tempe Super Regional)

@Florida 5, ASU 2 (May 30, 2010 at Gainesville Super Regional)
Florida 8, ASU 0 (May 29, 2010 at Gainesville Super Regional)

ASU 11, North Dakota State 0 (May 23, 2009 at Tempe Super Regional)
ASU 3, North Dakota State 0 (May 22, 2009 at Tempe Super Regional)

2008 National Champions
ASU 9, Northwestern 0 (May 24, 2008 at Tempe Super Regional)
ASU 3, Northwestern 1 (May 23, 2008 at Tempe Super Regional)

ASU 7, LSU 4 (May 26, 2007 at Tempe Super Regional)
ASU 1, LSU 0 (May 25, 2007 at Tempe Super Regional)

ASU 5, Florida State 1 (May 27, 2006 at Tempe Super Regional)
ASU 6, Florida State 1 (May 26, 2006 at Tempe Super Regional)