Benjamin and Ybarra each homered for the Sun Devils
RJ Ybarra hit the Sun Devils' first grand slam in three years
Both Friday and Sunday's games will be live streamed at www.pac-12.com/live/thesundevils
ASU takes on Arizona Tuesday in Tucson in the first of five Territorial Cup games
Starting right-hander Alex Blackford allowed just one earned run in six innings
2012 (Junior):Made 19 appearances, including nine starts...third on the team with 52 innings pitched...struck out a team, season and career-high 10 batters in a career-high seven innings vs. Northern Illinois March 2...came out of the bullpen as a middle reliever in his first three appearances, and alternated between starter and reliever until he solidified the Sunday starter role for the final month, beginning with Utah on May 6...allowed one run on three hits in six innings in a win over New Mexico on April 10...surrendered one hit and on runs while striking out five in a win on the road at Gonzaga on May 13.
2011 (Sophomore): Became a key member of the Sun Devil pitching staff as both a late inning reliever and a spot starter...earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors...appeared in 24 games, starting four...finished with a 4-1 record with a save...threw 61.0 innings and had a 2.66 ERA...struck out 55 hitters and opponents batted .229 against him.
2010 (Freshman): Made six appearances, including one start...pitched 12.0 total innings, striking out 12 hitters and compiling a 4.50 ERA.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado...named captain of the baseball team...was named the 5A Pitcher of the Year and selected to the All-State team...was a Preseason All-American.
Personal: A management major...son of David and Jo Ann Blackford of Centennial, Colorado...has an older brother, Matt...chose ASU because it gave him the chance to win a national championship...lists Seinfeld as his favorite TV show and The Hangover as his favorite movie...says Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies is favorite player...born November 16, 1990...full name is Alexander David Blackford.
Career Pitching Stats at Arizona State:
Career Highs at Arizona State:
|Innings||7.0||vs. Northern Illinois, 3/2/12|
|Ks||10||vs. Northern Illinois, 3/2/12|