April 3, 2013
WICHITA, Kan. - The 21st-ranked Arizona State University baseball team scored four runs with two outs in the opening inning to earn its second consecutive road win over Wichita State, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan.
Right fielder Trever Allen went 2-for-4 with his fifth triple of the season, which is tied for the most in the Pac-12, and drove in three runs to power the Sun Devils offense (17-8-1) that was held scoreless over the final 8 1/3 innings.
Second baseman James McDonald took a five-pitch walk with two outs in the first inning to begin a string of six consecutive base runners for ASU. Catcher Max Rossiter singled and left fielder Jake Peevyhouse was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Allen, who cleared them with a three-run triple to right field. Designated hitter Nate Causey followed with an RBI single to put the Devils ahead early, 4-0.
Starting right-hander Zak Miller (1-0) struck out four and gave up just one run on seven hits and three walks to earn his first win of the season and second of his career.
Right-hander Alex Blackford (1) posted his first save of the season and the third of his career after throwing a perfect ninth inning. He earned the win in last night's game against WSU to finish the two-game series with a win and a save in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The Shockers (16-14) cut the deficit to two, 4-2, with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, but right-hander Darin Gillies conceded just one hit and struck out three in two innings of relief before Blackford closed it out.
Right-hander Mark Lambson took over for Miller in the sixth and gave up one run on two hits in an inning.
WSU starting right-hander Zach Beringer (1-2) was pulled with two outs in the opening inning after he allowed four runs on a quartet of hits and a walk.
The Sun Devils host No. 11 Oregon for a three-game series Friday-Sunday at Packard Stadium. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday's game will begin at 12:30 p.m. All three conference games can be heard on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 or through the All-Access player on thesundevils.com, while the games on Friday and Sunday will be live streamed through Pac-12.com/live/thesundevils.
Sun Devils move to 15-7 all-time against Wichita State...ASU turned two double plays in the game...Allen leads the team with 21 RBI...the Devils did not commit an error for the second consecutive game and the fourth in the past five games, and the ninth game this season.
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