TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State University baseball team conceded six runs in the eighth inning to fall to Washington, 9-3, on Saturday night in front of 2,915 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
The game was tied at three runs apiece heading into the top of the eighth inning, but two fielding errors by the Devils led to a bases-clearing, three-run triple by UW, and they followed with an RBI double and a pair of RBI singles to jump ahead, 9-3.
Starting sophomore left-hander Ryan Kellogg gave up one run in the top of the first, but allowed just five baserunners and one run over the next four innings, and left the game up one run in the sixth inning. The Huskies tied it up in the seventh and he took a no decision after he allowed two runs on six hits and four walks, and struck out a pair, in five frames.
Sophomore right-hander Jordan Aboites (1-1) took the mound with runners on first and second and no outs in the top of the sixth, and made a pair of acrobatic fielding plays to escape the inning unscathed. However, he surrendered a two-out RBI single in the seventh that tied the game at three runs apiece before the six-run eighth. He allowed five runs, including three earned, on two hits and struck out three in two innings in his first collegiate loss.
All nine Sun Devils (9-7, 1-1) reached base and four collected a pair of hits, including freshman second baseman David Greer, who also notched one of the team’s two RBI.
The Huskies (11-5-1, 1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a triple by second baseman Andrew Ely and an RBI double by left fielder Robert Pehl in consecutive at-bats.
The Sun Devils used three hits and capitalized on a pair of UW errors to plate three runs in the bottom of the fourth and move ahead of the Huskies, 3-1. A leadoff single by sophomore designated hitter RJ Ybarra, a double by sophomore third baseman Dalton DiNatalte and a fielding error on a grounder from sophomore right fielder David Graybill loaded the bases with no outs. ASU’s first run of the game came on another UW fielding error on a grounder by sophomore left fielder Chris Beall, and a sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Colby Woodmansee brought DiNatale home from third and Greer followed with an RBI single to score Graybill.
UW right-hander Troy Rallings (2-0) earned the win after he threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings and starting right-hander Tyler Davis gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out three in a six-inning no-decision.
Five former Sun Devils from the 1980s took part in the Tip Your Cap To Packard Stadium pregame celebration, including Barry Bonds, Kendall Carter, Alvin Davis, Mike Devereaux and Bert Martinez. Bonds had to leave the game early due a previously scheduled dinner with the San Francisco Giants.
The Devils moved to 33-17 all-time against Washington…sophomore third baseman Dalton DiNatale extended his hitting streak to eight games…the Devils have turned three double plays this series…RHP Hever Bueno allowed two runs on two hits in the eighth and LHP Nick Diamond gave up one hit in 1/3 inning in the frame…RHP Josh McAlister threw 1 2/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts to end the game.
Tip Your Cap To Packard Celebration – 1980-89
Five former Sun Devils threw 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
The Devils close out their three-game Pac-12 Conference series against Washington on Sunday, March 16 at 12:30 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.
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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