April 4, 2008
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Some stellar relief pitching and another big game from Ike Davis propelled the #1 Sun Devils to a 6-4 win over Stanford in ten innings in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond. Davis went 2-3 with a homer and two RBI and also picked up the win on the mound, as ASU scored twice in the tenth to earn the victory. The win puts ASU at 28-1, 4-0 in Pac-19 play.
ASU jumped out to a two run lead in the top of the first off Stanford starter Max Fearnow. After a Jason Kipnis leadoff single, Ike Davis sent his 11th home run to right center field to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. Fearnow would not last long, as he was taken out after only one third of inning.
The Cardinal cut the lead to 2-1 in the third, scoring an unearned run off Mike Leake. With runners on the corners and one out, Leake's pickoff throw to first was wild, allowing the runner to score from third and the man on first to advance to third. Leake got out of the jam with two straight bouncers to Ike Davis at first to end the threat.
The Devils pushed the lead back to 3-1 on a Petey Paramore RBI groundout that scored Jason Kipnis, then Brett Wallace made it 4-1 with an RBI single that scored Davis from second. Stanford responded in the bottom of the fourth when Joey August doubled home Randy Molina to make it 4-2. Austin Yount then singled up the middle to score August and cut the lead to 4-3.
The Cardinal tied things up in the sixth on a Sean Ratliff solo homer to right field. The game would remain that way until the 10th, when ASU scored twice to take a 6-4 lead. With Kipnis on second and Davis on first, Petey Paramore laced a ball into left field. The ball got by Stanford's left fielder Joey August, allowing Kipnis to score and put ASU up 5-4. After an intentional walk to Brett Wallace, Matt Newman sent a sacrifice fly to center to score Davis and make it 6-4. Davis pitched a perfect tenth to seal the win, bumping his record to 3-0. Davis came on to pitch in the seventh for Tommy Rafferty, moved back to first after Reyes Dorado came in, then went back to the mound to finish things off. He went 2.2 innings, striking out four. He did not allow a batter to reach base.
Rafferty threw a third of an inning and Dorado went two thirds. Leake lasted 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out one but did not factor into the decision.
Jason Kipnis, Davis, and Ryan Sontag all had two hits, while Davis and Petey Paramore each drove in two. The Devils drew 10 walks and were hit by three pitched, but also stranded a season high 15 runners.
The Devils and Cardinal will continue their three game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Sunken Diamond.