May 18, 2003
SEATTLE - After being held to only one run in a 5-1 loss Saturday, the third-ranked Arizona State baseball team got back on track Sunday at Husky Ballpark, beating Washington 11-3 to even the three-game, Pac-10 series at one win apiece.
The Devils (47-11 overall, 13-7 in the Pac-10) entered the week ranked third in the nation in scoring with an average of more than 10 runs per game. Washington's record dropped to 36-16 overall and 11-9 in Pac-10 play.
ASU shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who finished the day 3-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs, led off the game with his fourth homer of the year to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. However, Husky freshman leadoff hitter Brent Lillibridge matched Pedroia, starting off the bottom of the first with his 10th round-tripper of the season and tying the game at 1-1.
The Devils took the lead back with a five-run third. UW starter Jeff Petersen loaded the bases with one out on three walks. The UW looked to be out of the jam on a hard ground ball off the bat of Andre Ethier. However, Husky shortstop Tila Reynolds mis-handled the flip from second baseman Greg Isaacson, leaving all runners safe, the bases still loaded and one run in.
The error opened the flood gates as Mike Guerrero followed with a sacrifice fly and ASU got three consecutive run-scoring singles from Frank Mesa, Steve Garrabrants and Travis Buck to take a 6-1 lead.
Washngton cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer from Mike Wagner, who also hit two homers in Saturday's win over ASU. Wagner's two-run blast was his 14th of the year. A Jeremy West RBI single in the fourth and an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly in the sixth upped the Devils' lead to 8-3.
The Devils tacked on three more in the seventh to give reliever Robbie McClellan (7-0) the victory. McClellan worked five innings, allowing one run on three hits for the win. Petersen (5-5) threw three and one-third innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) to take the loss.
Ethier finished with two hits and three runs batted in for ASU. Lillibridge and first baseman Kyle Larsen each had two hits for Washington.
The Huskies and Devils close out the series Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Arizona State 11, Washington 3 Arizona St. 105 101 300 -- 11 12 1 Washington 102 000 000 -- 3 7 2 Ben Thurmond, Robbie McClellan (3), Brett Bordes (8) and Tuffy Gosewisch. Jeff Petersen, David Dowling (4), Jamie Hawkins (7), Josh Conover (7) and Aaron Hathaway. W - McClellan (7-0). L - Petersen (5-5). HR - ASU, Dustin Pedroia (4); UW, Brent Lillibridge (10), Mike Wagner (14). T - 3:11. A - 1,371. Records: ASU, 47-11, 13-7 Pac-10; UW 36-16, 11-9 Pac-10.