TEMPE, Ariz. - The final regular season game in Packard Stadium history began with Cory Hahn throwing a strike from 10 feet for the ceremonial first pitch and ended with closer Ryan Burr tossing a strike from 60 feet for the last out to give the Arizona State University baseball team a 4-2 win over Abilene Christian on Tuesday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Right fielder Trever Allen scored the tying run in the seventh inning and broke open a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run single to left field as the Sun Devils (31-21) extended their season-long winning streak to seven games.
ASU ended its 40 seasons at Packard Stadium with a .785 winning percentage in 1,430 total games (1,122-307-1). The Devils also secured the highest average attendance on the West Coast and in the Pac-12 for the 10th consecutive year after averaging 2,844 fans per game this season.
Right-handed relievers Jordan Aboites and Burr recorded the final four outs via swinging strikeouts as Aboites (4-2) tossed a perfect eighth inning to earn the win and Burr (11) closed out the ninth to earn his 23rd career save.
Allen led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to center field and scored the game-tying run in the next at-bat on a RBI single from third baseman Dalton DiNatale. Shortstop Drew Stankiewicz and left fielder Jake Peevyhouse opened the eighth with a single and a double, respectively, and first baseman Nate Causey was intentionally walked two batters later to load the bases for Allen, who drove in the winning runs on a 2-1 count.
Starting right-hander Seth Martinez scattered six hits and an earned run across 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision, and right-hander Eder Erives struck out one in a scoreless seventh.
Causey knocked a RBI double to right-center field in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Devils an early one-run lead. Center fielder Johnny Sewald began the frame with a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Stankiewicz and a wild pitch before he crossed home on Causey’s team-high 18th extra-base hit of the season.
The Wildcats (17-34) tied the game at one run apiece in the top of the fourth on a double by second baseman Aaron Draper and a run-scoring from center fielder Tyler Eager. They took the lead two innings later on a pair of singles off Martinez, a walk from ASU right-hander Hever Bueno and a passed ball.
ACU right-hander Kevin Sheets (4-4) took the loss after he surrendered the two-run single in the eighth. Starting left-hander Brady Martinez allowed a pair of runs on five hits and struck out five in six innings in a no-decision.
Allen extended his hitting streaks to 10 games…Peevyhouse has reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team this season…ASU moved to 15-2 this season when they do not commit an error.
The Sun Devils close out the regular season against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., May 23-25. First pitch on Friday is at 7 p.m., Saturday is set for a 4 p.m. start and Sunday will begin at 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network and all three games will be broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. Live stats will also be available.
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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.
Renewals for current Sun Devil Baseball season ticket holders are available now for the 2015 season at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. 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.
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Season ticket holders will also have an opportunity to make a capital campaign commitment towards the Phoenix Muni renovations. All gifts, no matter the size, are important and appreciated, and can be a one-time gift or a five-year pledge. Fans interested in naming opportunities at Phoenix Muni can contact the Sun Devil Club at 480-727-7700. All commitments are tax-deductible through the Sun Devil Club. Join our community and own a piece of our hometown team.
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