ASU Runs Win Streak To Seven With Doubleheader Sweep Of Duke
Feb. 10, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior first baseman Jeff Phelps combined to go 6-for-8 with two doubles and four RBI as the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team swept the Duke Blue Devils 12-5, 9-0 in a college baseball doubleheader Saturday in front of 4,479 fans at Packard Stadium.
The win improves ASU's record to 7-1 and have now won seven straight. The Blue Devils dropped to 1-5 on the season and are now 0-8 in the all-time series against the Sun Devils.
The first game saw junior right-handed pitcher Andy Torres (Bell Gardens, Calif.) improve to 3-0 on the season with a three-hit, one run performance over five innings. After the ASU bullpen relinquished four late-inning runs, redshirt freshman Mike Esposito (Las Vegas) pitched two no-hit innings. The dominating outing by Esposito came in a rehab-type assignment and was only his second appearance since having Tommy John surgery last year.
After scoring a single tally in the first inning, the Sun Devils chased Duke starter Kevin Thompson (0-1) from the game with a seven-run fourth frame. ASU sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth, plating the seven runs on eight hits. Right fielder Jonah Martin (Waianae, Hawai'i) plated the first run of the inning with a sharp single to right-center field, giving ASU the 2-0 lead and extended his current hitting streak to eight games. Senior catcher Casey Myers (Case Grande) added a run with a single through the left side and then junior second baseman Brooks Conrad (Spring Valley, Calif.) cleared the bases with a three-run home run over the right field fence.
Conrad ended the first game 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Phelps (Yuma) contributed three hits and junior Mel Stocker (Tucson) had two. Freshman utility player Rodney Allen (Phoenix) was 2-for-2 off the bench with a run-scoring double.
Game two saw the Sun Devils pitch their way to a 9-0 shutout of the Blue Devils. Freshman starter Ryan Schroyer (Oracle) improved to 2-0 on the season, allowing only an infield single and struck out five in his five innings of work. Schroyer, a 16th round draft choice of the Detroit Tigers last June, has not allowed run in 9.2 combined innings and has struck out 14.
Senior preseason All-American Eric Doble (Case Grande) came out of the bullpen and pitched his best outing of the season to pick up his first save of 2001 and his 10th career. Doble scattered two hits in four innings and struck out five.
While ASU's pitching stayed hot in game two, the Sun Devils bats continue to torment the Duke Blue Devils pitching staff. The Sun Devils out-hit Duke 14-3 and tabbed six extra base hits. Phelps continued his hot day with a 3-for-4 game, including two doubles and four RBI. His two-run double in the first inning with two outs gave ASU all the scoring they would need in the game.
In his first collegiate start, Allen, son of former major leaguer Rod Allen, Sr., went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Allen finished the day 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and is now hitting.625 on the year. Mel Stocker ended a nice day at the plate with three hits and Mike Lopez (Glendale) pitched in his fifth multi-hit game of the year.
For the day the Sun Devils out-hit Duke 21-5 and had five players record at least three hits. Besides Phelps and Allen, Stocker was 5-for-8 with three stolen bases and Myers was 4-for-10 with two RBI.