No. 19 Sun Devils Edge Huskies, 7-5
May 18, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington and Arizona State traded runs in the early innings, but the 19th-ranked Sun Devils emerged with a 7-5 win over the Huskies in the first game of a three-game, Pac-12 series Friday night at Packard Stadium.
The Huskies (27-22 overall, 11-14 in the Pac-12) fell behind early, but battled back to forge a 5-5 tie before the Sun Devils (33-18, 15-10 in the Pac-12) scored a run in the sixth to take the lead for good.
ASU ace Brady Rodgers improved his record to 10-2 with the win. In his seven innings, he allowed five runs on eight hits. Washington freshman starter Tyler Davis (2-4) went five innings in the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits while striking out five.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a quick lead in the first. With Andrew Aplin aboard on a leadoff walk, Abe Ruiz stroked his 13th homer of the season down the right-field line to put ASU on top, 2-0.
However, ASU stretched the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second. After a single from Nathaniel Causey, Andrew Aplin's two-out triple drove in a run. Deven Marrero followed with a double, plating Aplin to make it a 4-1 ASU lead.
Both teams scored in the third as well. In the top of the inning, Jacob Lamb's two-out single scored Jayce Ray for the UW. In the bottom, Max Rossiter doubled and scored on a single from Michael Benjamin put ASU in front by a score of 5-2.
In the fourth, the Huskies got back within a run at 5-4. Chase Anselment led off the inning with a double and scored on a groundout from Robert Pehl. Husky senior catcher B.K. Santy then hit a ball to the fence in center and when Aplin, the ASU center fielder, crashed into the wall, Santy was able to circle the bases for an inside-the park home run, his second round-tripper of the season.
Washington scored for a fourth straight inning to draw even in the fifth. Ray singled and Joe Meggs reached on an error before a groundout from Lamb scored Ray, knotting the score at 5-5.
Held off the board in the fourth and fifth, the Sun Devils moved back on top in the sixth. Benjamin was hit by a pitch and Causey doubled to begin the inning and end Davis' outing. With Zach Wright on in relief, Trever Allen bounced out to shortstop, allowing Benjamin to score ASU's sixth run.
In the eighth, Rossiter doubled and eventually scored on an Allen groundout to account for the Devils' final run.
Lamb and Brown each had two hits to lead the Huskies, with Lamb driving in a pair of runs.
The Huskies continue the series Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. game, which will air live on Fox Sports Arizona and FCS-Pacific television.