March 28, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. - Right-hander Trevor Williams pitched seven straight shutout innings to lead the 24th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team to a 4-1 win over No. 4 UCLA on Thursday night in front of 3,501 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Williams (4-2), who struck out six, did not allow a run until two outs in the top of the eighth to earn the win. He gave up eight hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings, and routinely stranded UCLA runners on third base before he was replaced by left-hander Matt Dunbar.
Four Sun Devils (14-7-1, 3-4) collected an RBI, including a home run by third baseman Michael Benjamin, as the Sun Devils collected their fourth win over a top-10 team this season.
Center fielder Kasey Coffman was hit by a pitch to lead off the first inning, and then moved to third on an error and a sacrifice bunt by Benjamin before left fielder Jake Peevyhouse plated him with an RBI groundout to give ASU an early 1-0 lead.
The Devils took a two-run advantage in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Coffman, and extended their lead, 3-0, in the seventh after right fielder Trever Allen opened the frame with a triple and shortstop Drew Stankiewicz followed with an RBI double.
The Bruins (17-5, 5-2) scored their sole run in the top of the eighth inning on a pair of singles to cut their deficit to two, 3-1, but Benjamin responded in the bottom of the frame with his second home run of the season in the eighth inning to stretch the Devils' lead back to three, 4-1.
Dunbar faced two batters in the top of the eighth inning and right-hander Ryan Burr (4) closed out the ninth to post his fourth save of the season.
UCLA starting right-hander Adam Plukto (2-2) pitched all eight innings but surrendered four runs, including three earned, on four hits to take his second loss of the season.
ASU hosts the Bruins at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Packard Stadium. The game will be broadcast on The Fan AM 1060 or through the All-Access player on thesundevils.com, and will also be streamed live through Pac-12.com/live/thesundevils. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter at @ASU_Baseball for live scoring and updates from the weekend, and check thesundevils.com for stats, notes and more.
Head coach Tim Esmay collected his 12th win over a top-10 team and is 39-29 against ranked teams...the Sun Devils did not commit an error for the sixth game this season...ASU improved to 113-66 all-time against the Bruins, including 6-4 under coach Esmay...Williams has now allowed two runs in 14 2/3 innings in his two career starts against UCLA...ASU has hit 13 home runs this season by seven different players. Friday's Pitching Matchup
ASU: LHP Ryan Kellogg (5-0, 0.71)
UCLA: RHP Nick Vander Tuig (4-2, 1.50)
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