Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Sun Devils Sweep The Eagles, Diamondbacks Donate $200,000

Mike Stockman
Phoenix Area Sports

TEMPE, AZ (March 6, 2016) The Arizona State University Sun Devil baseball team struggled through game one and two of the three game series against Eastern Michigan University's Eagles winning all three but allowing 29 hits over the weekend at Phoenix Municipal Stadium March 4 - 6, 2016.

Cory Hahn receiving $200,000 donation from Diamondbacks
Prior to game one, ASU graduate and former athlete Cory Hahn, who was paralyzed in a baseball accident while playing for ASU, was honored by the unveiling of his shield on the right field fence for his personal contributions as an athlete and as an inspiring spokesperson for the Cory Hahn Center Field Foundation, a scholarship program named in his honor. The Arizona Diamondbacks organization met him at the mound to hand over a donation of $200,000 prior to him throwing out the first pitch.

In game one, the Eagles out-hit the Devils with 14 hits to the Devils' 13 but left 11 runners on base, which allowed the struggling Devils the ability to squeak out a low scoring victory by a score of 2-1.  

Game two went into extra innings as the Eagles were able to tie up the game  in the top of the ninth inning when a walk and two hit batters allowed for a game tying run to cross the plate.
After the game, Coach Tracy  was asked what message he will be giving his pitching staff going into game three after hitting seven batters during game two. His response was simple. "Wow, that many?  My message, don't hit the batter".

Sebastian Zawada crossing plate after 1 of 2 home runs in game 3.
That message may have contributed to the pitching staff performance in game three. The final game on Sunday afternoon was dominated by the Devil's defensive play and junior designated hitter Sebastian Zawada's (Tucson, AZ) performance which consisted of two home runs contributing to five runs, allowing the Devils to defeat the Eagles for the third game by a score of 8-1.

The Eagles will be heading back to Michigan and hosting Oakland on March 11, 2016. The game time has not been set.

The Sun Devils travel to California on Tuesday for a two game series against Cal State Fullerton on March 8 and 9. Game time is set for 6 p.m PST on both days.

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