Sunday, April 2, 2017

Devils Fall to Bruins in Weekend Series

Mike Stockman
Phoenix Area Sports

PHOENIX, AZ (March 31, 2017) The Arizona State Sun Devils lost a Pac-12 conference weekend series against the UCLA Bruins, March 31 thru April 2 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Bruins hit 6 doubles in 17-4 win over the Devils
Going into this weekend, the Bruins were 72-117 against the Devils.

In game one on Friday night, the Bruins had a 4-3 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. They extended the lead with five runs in the top of the ninth to win 9-3 over the stunned Sun Devils.

On Saturday night, the Devils took game two in front of 2613 fans after scoring three in the bottom of the seventh inning. The final score was 5-4.

Devils unable to outrun the Bruins defense
Game three was a hit fest for the Bruins who had a total of 17 hits, six were doubles, and one home run by freshman Jeremy Ydens, the first of his UCLA career.

For the Devils, Andrew Shaps hit a home run over right center field fence in the bottom of the first.

After five innings, the Bruins led by a score of 14-1.

In the bottom of the sxth, senior Zach Cerbo hit a home run over right field fence making the score 14-2.

Senior Zach Cerbo hits home run in loss to Bruins
Bruins add three more runs in the top of the ninth while the Devils add two in the bottom of the ninth for a final score of 17-4.

The Bruins head to San Diego State for a one game match up on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

The Devils travel to Tuscon on Tuesday to take on the Arizona Wildcats for the first match-up of the season. Game time is 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Devils Lose Two Game Series Against #7 Titans

Mike Stockman
Phoenix Area Sports

PHOENIX, AZ (March 8, 2017) After a heart breaking three game series loss this past weekend to Loyola Marymount Lions, the Arizona State University Sun Devils baseball team fell to #7 ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans in a two game series at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7th and 8th. The Devils are now below 500, with an unusual record of 6 wins and 7 losses on the season.

In game one on Tuesday evening, the Devils took a 4-1 lead going into the fifth inning but were unable to hold on as the Titans scored nine unanswered runs on a total of 11 hits. The Titans won by a final score of 10-4.

In game two, the Titans took an early 7-0 lead, scoring five runs in the second inning.
The Titans got 18 hits against the struggling Devils.

In the bottom of the second inning, Gage Canning got two RBI on a stand-up double to right field. It was shortly followed by a shot to the opposite corner in left field by Ryan Lillard which scored two more, giving the Devils' 2100+ fans hope as the gap closed to 7-4.

In the top of the third, the Titans poured on more runs, expanding the lead by a score of 9-4. By the end of this inning the Titans had a total of 12 hits, highlighting the struggle the Devils have faced this year with a young, inexperienced pitching staff.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Titans extended the lead to 13-4, emptying half the stadium.

The Titans would go on to win in a big fashion, by a score of 13-4 on 18 hits over the Devil's struggling 5 hits.

The Titans scored 13 runs in game two, sweeping the series.
After the game, Coach Tracey Smith responded to questions stating "We're not going to panic. We're a good baseball team". He went on to say "we're going to have to get more consistent on the mound". When asked how his leaders are communicating in the locker room to the younger players, he started his response with "It was good". His response was a positive message, stating "we addressed this as a team...last night was a bad loss because of maybe how we handled some of the internal things and how we were handling a little bit of a bad stretch. Whether it's our immaturity...whatever the case is, that was a really big focal point with us today".      

After this series, the Titans (7-4) head back home to host Gonzaga in Fullerton, CA for a three game series starting Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

The Devils (6-7) are hosting Long Beach State in a three game series with first game on Friday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. This game can be viewed on Pac-12 Live Stream.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Devils' 2017 Opening Weekend Showers Northwestern

Mike Stockman
Phoenix Area Sports

Weather didn't stop fans from attending Devils opening weekend.

February 19, 2017 - The Arizona State University Sun Devil Baseball team hosted the Northwestern University Wildcats on a rare, rainy weekend in a three game series to start the 2017 season at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, AZ. 

Due to the weather forecast, a double header was played on Friday, February 17, in hopes to beat the showers expected to hit the valley of the sun throughout the weekend.

In game one, the Devils' junior pitcher Eli Lingos from Temecula,CA earned his first win of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats, throwing six strike outs and only allowing three hits in his 6.2 innings on the mound. 

Game two started with the Wildcats taking an early 3-0 lead and finished on Sebastian Zawada's walk-off RBI single, which gave the Devils' their second win of the season, closing the double header day 2-0.

Saturday's game three went two full innings before being postponed to Sunday due to rain.
In the top of the first inning, Northwestern took the lead 1-0 on a Connor Lind RBI single up the middle, scoring Jack Dunn.

In the bottom of the second inning, Devils' Jeremy McCuin hit a triple to the wall between left and center field. Myles Denson followed with a shot up the middle, allowing McCuin to score, tying the game 1-1.

At the top of the third, the rain picked up making fans scurry for the top of the stands under cover or for their umbrellas as the teams left the field and the tarp pulled promptly.

Due to the ongoing weather delay, the game was moved to Sunday where it was scheduled to start at 12:30 pm.

The Devils tied it up 1-1 before the weather delay.

After a two hour delay, game three commenced, the skies cleared, and fans poured in to watch for free as the Devils' Lyle Lin (Taipei, Taiwan), a  true freshman connected for 3 hits. The last time that occurred on opening week-end was in 2004 by Colin Curtis.

In the bottom of the eighth with the score tied 2-2, McCuin hit a double, scoring 2 RBI. A few batters later, Sam Ferri hit a 2 RBI double to deep right corner, scoring two more for the Devils for a final score of 6-2.

The Wildcats (0-3) travel to Nashville, Tenn. for their next game to take on Middle Tennessee at 3 pm on Friday, February 24.

The Devils (3-0) will host Oklahoma State Cowboys at 1pm on Tuesday, February 21 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The game can be heard on 100.7 KSLX/TUNEIN.