LAS VEGAS - The Arizona State University baseball team defeated UNLV, 9-5, on Tuesday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas behind six strong innings from freshman starting right-hander Seth Martinez and a career night at the plate for shortstop Drew Stankiewicz.
Martinez (4-0) earned his fourth win of the season and second in the team’s past two midweek games. He allowed just one run on three hits and a walk through the first six innings before he was chased with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Stankiewicz drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, tied for his career high, and has tallied at least a pair of hits in four straight games. Second baseman Tucker Esmay scored a career-high three runs and added a pair of hits, and right fielder Trever Allen went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.
ASU held a two-run lead through the first three innings before it added two runs in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh for a commanding 9-1 lead. The Sun Devils (27-21) tallied double-digit hits for the third straight game and scored double-digit runs for the sixth time this season.
The Rebels (30-21) scored four in the bottom of the seventh, but right-hander Jordan Aboites tossed a scoreless eighth and fellow right-hander Ryan Burr punctuated a perfect ninth inning with a swinging strikeout to close out the win.
The Devils struck first with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning, but UNLV countered with a run of their own in the bottom half to make it 2-1 in favor of ASU. Allen singled and DiNatale walked, and after a double steal moved them both into scoring position, a throwing error by Rebels shortstop Matt McCAllister on a groundball from second baseman Tucker Esmay plated the two runners.
Stankiewicz took a leadoff walk in the third inning and scored four batters later on a RBI single by Allen to put ASU back ahead by a pair, 3-1.
ASU plated six runs over the next four innings to stretch its lead to eight. Stankiewicz knocked a run-scoring double down the right-field line in the fourth and Ybarra added a sacrifice fly to center field to extend the Devils’ advantage, 5-1. A RBI single by Peevyhouse and a wild pitch brought home two more runs for ASU in the sixth, and a two-out, two-run single by Stankiewicz in the seventh made it 9-1 in favor of the Devils.
UNLV notched three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to chase Martinez and added one more off right-handed reliever Eric Melbostad to cut their deficit to four, 9-5. Martinez surrendered a trio of runs on three hits and a walk in the frame.
UNLV starting right-hander Cody Roper (1-2) took his first loss of the season after he conceded three runs, including one earned, on three hits and three walks.
ASU moved to 58-13-1 all-time against UNLV, including this season…Peevyhouse reached base for the 14th consecutive game, tied for the fourth longest streak on the team this season...ASU is 13-2 this season when they do not commit an error…ASU turned a pair of double plays and has recorded multiple double plays in 13 games this season…Stankiewicz has 14th multi-hit games this season, tied for second most on the team.
The Devils host Utah May 16-18 for the final Pac-12 series at Packard Stadium. First pitch on Friday and Saturday are both set for a 6:30 pm PT start and Sunday will begin at 12:30 pm. All three games over the weekend will be streamed live online and broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. Live stats will also be available.
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The final game at Packard Stadium is Tuesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm against Abilene Christian. All fans in attendance are invited onto the field following the conclusion of the game to take a group photo, which will be available for purchase.
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Join the Sun Devil Baseball program and fellow supporters for an unforgettable evening. The 31st annual Baseball Postseason Banquet will be held on May 27 on the outfield grass at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $60 or buy a table for 10 people for $600. Fans can also sponsor a student-athlete’s dinner for $60. There will be open parking in front of Packard Stadium in Lot 59.
Seat selection at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for current Sun Devil Baseball season ticket holders will begin the week of May 12 and run through May 16. Tickets under loyalty pricing, which ends Aug. 1, range from $99 for lawn seating to $335 for reserved/infield box, and season parking passes cost $35.
Sun Devil Athletics is holding an open house for the general public to get a firsthand look at Phoenix Muni on Saturday, May 17 from 2-5 p.m.
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