TEMPE, Ariz. - A pair of unearned runs proved to be the difference as the Arizona State University baseball team fell to No. 9 Oregon, 5-4, in the series opener on Friday night in front of 3,394 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Starting left-hander Brett Lilek (4-4) struck out a career-high nine and allowed just four hits and three earned runs across seven innings in the loss. He put together four perfect frames and recorded his seventh quality start, including the fourth in his past five games. Right-hander Jordan Aboites struck out three and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.
The Sun Devils (24-21, 12-10) out-hit Oregon, 8-6, but were unable to overcome three errors that led to unearned runs in the second and fifth innings.
Catcher Brian Serven led the way with a pair of hits and two RBI, right fielder Trever Allen added two hits and scored two runs, and shortstop Drew Stankiewicz went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Oregon took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning before the Devils countered in the bottom of the frame to tie it at two runs apiece, but the Ducks (36-14, 13-9) pulled away with three in the fifth, including the eventual game-winning run on a throwing error.
A run-scoring single by designated hitter Josh Graham put UO on the board first and a fielding error by Stankiewicz two batters later brought around the second run of the game and put the Ducks ahead, 2-0.
Left fielder Jake Peevyhouse singled to lead off the bottom of the second, Allen followed with a double and Stankiewicz was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs for Serven, who came through with a two-run single to knot the game at two runs apiece.
Third baseman Mitchell Tolman drove a two-out triple over the outstretched glove of Peevyhouse to break open the 2-2 tie and then came home on a throwing error by Stankiewicz to give the Ducks a three-run lead, 5-2.
Second baseman Tucker Esmay cut the Devils’ deficit to a pair, 5-3, on a RBI groundout to the second baseman in the bottom of the sixth inning. Allen and Stankiewicz each notched singles to begin the frame and moved into scoring position on a groundout before Allen scored.
Aboites was able to pitch the Devils out a jam in the top of the eighth after he replaced fellow right-hander Hever Bueno with runners on first and second and no outs. Aboites threw the Ducks’ lead runner out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt, and after a wild pitch moved them both into scoring position, he issued back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end the frame.
ASU pulled within one, 5-4, in the bottom of the eighth after a grounder to third base by center fielder Johnny Sewald was misplayed by the Ducks. Stankiewicz, who scored the run, reached on a single and moved to third on a single by Serven and a flyout by Esmay.
UO starting left-hander Tommy Thorpe (8-4) scattered a pair of runs and four hits across five innings to earn the win. Right-hander Jake Reed (11) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record the save.
ASU moved to 13-7 all-time against Oregon…ASU recorded double-digit strikeouts in the 10th game this season.
The Devils take on No. 9 Oregon in the second game of the three-game Pac-12 series at 6:30 pm on May 10 at Packard Stadium. Saturday’s game will be streamed live online and broadcast on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. Live stats will be available.
Saturday’s Pitching Matchup
UO: RHP Jeff Gold (9-0, 2.71)
ASU: LHP Ryan Kellogg (6-2, 3.24)
Tip Your Cap To Packard Promotions
After two months of voting, Sun Devil Athletics, the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com unveiled the All-Packard Stadium Team on May 7 and the first 1,500 fans inside the gate at Packard Stadium on May 9 received a commemorative 30-card set of the all All-Packard Stadium Team trading cards.
Postseason Banquet | Register HERE!
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 current season ticket holders to get a firsthand look at Phoenix Muni on Saturday, May 10, from 2-5 p.m. and will hold another open house for the general public on Saturday, May 17 from 2-5 p.m.
Transitioning The Legacy Campaign
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.
Join the conversation all season using the hashtag #OccupyPackard