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No. 19 Baseball Completes Sweep of Washington State

Each Sun Devil starter records at least one hit in ballgame.

April 11, 1999

Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 19 Arizona State baseball team (32-12 overall, 8-4 Pacific-10 Conference) defeated the Washington State Cougars (17-15, 1-8) 14-9 today in front of 2,619 fans at Packard Stadium.

Offensively, each ASU starter recorded at least one hit in the ballgame. The Devils broke open a nine all tie in the bottom of the fifth inning when first baseman Mitch Jones hit a solo home run off the green monster in center field. Jones got the start today at first after knocking in the winning runs on Friday. Jones ended the day 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Cougar relief pitcher Tyson Thompson then walked Brooks Conrad, struck out Chip Gosewisch and gave up a double to Dustin Delucchi. Freshman catcher Trent Pratt then came up and knocked a three-run homer to left field to put the Devils ahead for good. The home run was Pratt's second of the season. Pratt finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI. Pratt finished the three-game series going 7-for-12 with nine RBI and three runs scored.

"Trent Pratt had a great weekend for us as a team," head coach Pat Murphy said. "He is coming into his own as a freshman. He is such a good defensive catcher that anything we get from him offensively is a bonus."

The Devils were also led offensively by junior Willie Bloomquist, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Andrew Beinbrink hit his 11th home run of the season, finishing the day 1-for-2 with one run scored, three RBI and two walks. Senior Chip Gosewisch and junior Dustin Delucchi both recorded two hits a piece this afternoon, with three RBI and four runs scored between them.

Starting pitcher Chad Pennington picked up a no decision, going two and two-thirds of an inning, giving up eight hits, seven earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Jon Switzer came on in relief to pick up his fifth win of the season. Switzer pitched six-plus innings of shut-out ball, scattering three hits, giving up only three walks and four strikeouts.

For the Cougars, left fielder Evan Hecker went 2-for-4 with one run scored and four RBI. Leadoff hitter Shawn Stevenson had two hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Starting pitcher Wade Parrish picked up a no decision, going two innings, giving up nine hits, eight earned runs and two walks. Relief pitcher Tyson Thompson picked up the loss for WSU, going two and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and four earned runs. Thompson also walked four and struck out one ASU batter.

The Devils now head out on the road to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the UCLA Bruins from April 16th through the 18th.

Washington State       135  000  000     9   11   4
No. 19 Arizona State   162  040  01x    14   15   1

Winner - Switzer (5-2) Loser - Thompson (0-1) Save ---- none Umpires: Pacheco, Daughterty, Beller Time: 2:56 Attn: 2, 619

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