May 18, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Third-ranked Arizona State wrapped up a series sweep with a 13-7 win over Washington Sunday at Packard Stadium.
ASU remained atop the Pac-10 standings, three games ahead of second-place Stanford, which plays later Sunday at Arizona. The Devils wrapped up their home schedule 44-9 overall, 15-6 in the Pac-10 and 35-3 in home games. Washington dropped to 31-20 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-10.
Husky starter Nick Haughian (6-5) became just the fourth UW pitcher to record 100 strikeouts in a season, but suffered the loss. Haughian, who entered the game as the Pac-10 strikeout leader with 99, got five more, but allowed eight runs on nine hits over six innings.
ASU freshman Seth Blair (4-1) earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits over five and two-thirds innings.
Washington took the game's first lead in the second when sophomore third baseman Jarett Jackson hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot the opposite way to right-center.
ASU, however, got a break that lead to a big inning in the fourth. With one down, Ike Davis hit a pop to shallow right field. However, UW second baseman Bradley Boyer lost the ball in the sun and it fell for a double. Catcher Petey Paramore followed with a single and Kiel Roling laced a double to left to score one. After a walk loaded the bases, the Devils got a bunt single to bring home one runner and a sacrifice bunt for another. A two-run single from Ryan Sontag drove in two more to cap a five-run inning, putting the Devils in front, 5-1.
Washington got two of those runs back in the top of the fifth. With Brett Wilcox and Conley aboard with two down, Troy Scott lofted a double to deep left-center field to drive in both runners, cutting the lead to 5-3.
In the sixth, ASU was back at it offensively as Raoul Torrez belted a two-run triple into the right-field corner and then scored on a wild pitch, increasing the Devils' lead to 8-3.
In the seventh, Conley hit his 17th home run of the year, a solo shot to left to cut the gap to 8-4. However, ASU took advantage of another hit from Davis that was lost in the sun for a double, leading to an RBI groundout by Paramore.
In the eighth, a Boyer fly ball to right was lost in the sun and fell for a triple. Boyer then scored on a sacrifice fly from Joey Dunn to cut the ASU lead to 9-5. But, Brett Wallace erased any doubt with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. It was his 19th home run of the year.
In the ninth, the Huskies got a solo homer from freshman David Bentrott, the first of his career, and an RBI single from Conley to account for the final score.
The Huskies return home for their final four games of the regular season. Tuesday, the UW hosts Lewis-Clark State in a 5:00 p.m., which will be broadcast on KIXI AM-880. Next Friday through Sunday, No. 14 Stanford visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. All three of those games will air on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 13, #3 Arizona State 7 Washington 010 020 112 -- 7 11 0 Arizona State 000 503 14x -- 13 15 2 Nick Haughian, Paul Dickey (7), Cam Nobles (9) and Joey Dunn. Seth Blair, Stephen Sauer (6), Tommy Rafferty (7), Dustin Brader (9) and Petey Paramore. W - Blair (4-1). L - Haughian (6-5). 2B - UW, Troy Scott, Brett Wilcox; ASU, Ike Davis 2, Kiel Roling. 3B - UW, Bradley Boyer; ASU, Raoul Torrez. HR - UW, Jarett Jackson (1), Kyle Conley (17), David Bentrott (1); ASU, Brett Wallace (19). T - 3:01. A - 2,215. Records: UW 31-20, 10-11 Pac-10; ASU 44-9, 15-6 Pac-10.