May 5, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State baseball team collected 17 runs on 17 hits and right-hander Trevor Williams allowed just four hits as the Sun Devils took down Utah 17-1 on Saturday night at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Williams (9-2) racked up a career-high nine strikeouts, including four consecutive in the fifth and six innings, and allowed just one hit after the fourth inning to earn his team-leading ninth win of the season. He did not walk a batter for the fourth consecutive start and extended his no-walks streak to 33 games.
Allen hit a two-run double in the second inning and scored on a groundout by Aplin one batter later to give the Sun Devils an early 3-0 advantage. Michael Benjamin was hit by a pitch and Beau Maggi singled and advanced to second on the throw before Allen drove them both home with an extra-base hit to center field.
James Brooks hit a solo home run in the third inning to put the Utes (12-32, 6-17) on the board, but ASU responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame to extend its lead to six, 7-1. The Sun Devils brought eight batters to the plate as Ruiz, James McDonald and Aplin each recorded RBI singles and Maggi had an RBI sacrifice fly.
Joey DeMichele hit a stand-up triple to center field in the fourth inning and scored two batters later on a wild pitch, and Aplin walked with two outs in the fifth frame and scored on an RBI double by Deven Marrero to push the Devils' lead to eight, 9-1
The Sun Devils' five-run seventh inning was punctuated by a two-run single by Ruiz as four different players garnered an RBI in the frame to extend their lead. ASU tacked on three runs in the eighth inning on a pair of sacrifice flies and a single to make it 17-1.
Utah starting right-hander Joe Pond (3-8) took the loss after conceding three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.
The Sun Devils close out their three-game series with Utah at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at Packard Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live by Sun Devil Sports Network on The Fan AM 1060 and will also be webcast by FoxSportsArizona.com.
Sunday's projected pitching matchup:
ASU - RHP Alex Blackford (1-3, 6.34 ERA)
Utah - RHP Mitch Watrous (2-3, 3.03 ERA)
Game notes: Ruiz and Benjamin were each hit by a pitch twice...Nathaniel Causey walked four times, the first time that has happened since June 5, 2011...right-hander Matt Dunbar closed out the ninth inning.