TEMPE, Ariz. – Sophomore left-hander Brett Lilek was dominant through seven innings as the Arizona State University baseball team opened up Pac-12 Conference play with a 4-1 win over Washington on Friday night in front of 2,928 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Lilek (3-0) earned his third win of the season as he allowed just one run on four hits and struck out six in his second consecutive seven-inning outing. He gave up just two hits through six scoreless frames before he surrendered an RBI triple to UW shortstop Erik Forgione with two outs in the seventh, which snapped Lilek’s string of consecutive scoreless innings at 20.
Sophomore outfielders Chris Beall and Johnny Sewald each notched a pair of hits and an RBI, and scored a run, to pace the Sun Devils (9-6, 1-0), who ended the Huskies (10-5-1, 0-1) seven-game win streak.
The Sun Devils escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third inning, responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame and never surrendered their 3-0 advantage.
Freshman right-hander Eder Erives struck out one in a perfect eighth inning and sophomore right-hander Ryan Burr (3) recorded his third save of the season in the ninth. Burr now has 15 career saves, one shy of tying Ryan Bradley (1995-97) for the eighth most in ASU history.
The Huskies threatened in the top of the third as Lilek gave up a one-out single and walked the next two batters to load the bases, but freshman second baseman David Greer, freshman shortstop Colby Woodmansee and junior first baseman Nate Causey turned an inning-ending double play to stifle the threat.
Beall and Woodmansee each singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning and Greer put the Devils ahead, 1-0, with an RBI groundout to the shortstop. Sewald followed with an RBI double to left-center field and came home two pitches later on an RBI single by freshman catcher Brian Serven.
Sophomore right fielder David Graybill doubled with one out in the fourth inning and Beall knocked an RBI single up the middle in the next at-bat to extend the Devils’ advantage to four, 4-0.
A leadoff single by UW designated hitter Trevor Mitsui and an RBI triple by Forgione in the seventh cut the Huskies’ deficit to one, 4-1.
UW starting right-hander Jared Fisher (1-2) went the distance but took the loss after he allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out five in eight innings.
ASU moved to 29-23 all-time in conference openers, including 1-2 in Pac-12 play and 2-3 under coach Esmay…the Devils moved to 33-16 all-time against Washington…Lilek gave up the first extra-base hit of the season on a double to the second batter he faced in the first inning…Ybarra snapped his 11-game hitting streak… Lilek struck out three of the first six batters he faced and now has 26 strikeouts on the season…sophomore third baseman Dalton DiNatale extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The Devils continue Pac-12 Conference play against Washington on Saturday, March 15 with first pitch set for 6:30 pm PT. The game will broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 as well as live streamed via Pac-12.com, and links to both the radio broadcast and live stream can be found on the baseball schedule on thesundevils.com.
Tip Your Cap To Packard Celebration – 1980-89
Five former Sun Devils will throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game on Saturday, March 15.
Barry Bonds (1983-85) – ASU Sports Hall of Famer, Sun Devil Baseball Wall of Fame member, Major League Baseball Home Run King and seven-time National League MVP
Kendall Carter (1981-84) - 1981 National Championship starting pitcher, ASU Sports Hall of Famer and ASU record holder for career wins with 47
Alvin Davis (1979-82) - 1981 National Championship team first baseman, ASU Sports Hall of Famer, Sun Devil Baseball Wall of Fame member, 1984 AL Rookie of the Year and nine-year MLB veteran
Mike Devereaux (1984-85) – Outfielder, 1995 NLCS MVP, World Series champion and 12-year MLB veteran
Bert Martinez (1980-83) - 1981 National Championship team second baseman
Ron Scott, Sun Devil Baseball’s Legacy Supporter from 1980-89, will be honored on the field prior to the game on Sunday, March 16
Ballots for the All-Packard Team are available now on gamedays at Packard Stadium, so be sure to mark your picks for the best to play at Packard Stadium, or visit azcentral.com to vote online
Season tickets starting at $99, single-game tickets and Mini Packs are on sale now. Admission for ASU students is free with a valid Sun Card. Purchasing season tickets will also give fans first opportunity and priority at selecting seats at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in 2015. Ariz.
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