LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 18th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team could not recover from a seven-run inning and fell to Long Beach State, 11-0, on Friday night at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.
ASU starting sophomore right-hander Ryan Burr (0-1) allowed just one base runner through the first two innings, but walked the first three batters he faced in the bottom of the third to load the bases with no outs. The Dirtbags (1-4) took advantage and broke open the scoreless tie with seven runs on three hits and a fielding error.
The Sun Devils (2-3) matched LBSU with seven hits in the game, including two each from sophomore designated hitter RJ Ybarra and junior right fielder Trever Allen.
Senior right-hander Zak Miller tossed three consecutive scoreless innings before surrendering three runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single and a two-run homer to right field.
Burr took his first loss as a starter as he allowed six runs on two hits and four walks, and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings.
LBSU starting left-hander Nick Sabo (1-1) set a career high with eight strikeouts in eight innings to earn his first win of the season.
The Devils take on UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif., on Feb. 22 at 1 pm PT and face Wright State at Blair Field in Long Beach on Feb. 23 at 1 pm PT.
Coach Esmay moved to 74-19-1 in non-conference games at ASU…ASU is now 38-10 all-tie against the Dirtbags…senior right-hander Josh McAlister allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 2/3 innings…junior right-hander Mark Lambson tossed a scoreless eighth inning.
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