Baseball Continues Winning Ways With 10-3 Victory Over South Florida

March 10, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Freshman Rod Allen went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI to help led the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils to a 10-3 win over the University of South Florida Bulls in a non-conference college baseball game Saturday night at Packard Stadium.

The Sun Devils improved to 16-4-1 on the year by scoring double-digits in their third straight game and 14th of 2001. The Bulls (8-9) dropped their second straight and fell to 0-4 all-time vs. the Sun Devils with the defeat. ASU, who has led the nation in scoring each of the past two years, is now averaging 11.0 runs per game in 2001.

Allen extended his current hitting streak to 13 games with a career-high three hits. The true freshman from Phoenix belted his second home run of the season with at two-run blast in the fifth. He now has six hits in his last three game and with three Saturday night improved his season batting average to .416.

'I have just been seeing the ball real well and taking the right approach at the plate,' said Allen after the game. 'It's just great to be out there and it is so competitive that we are all getting better (talking about the freshmen.) Keep working hard in batting practice and take those opportunities in the game when you can get them and good things happen.'

ASU starting pitcher Mike Esposito (Las Vegas) picked up the win in his second start after battling back from Tommy John surgery. Esposito gave up three runs in 3.1 innings to record his second career win and first since opening day of 2000. Relief pitcher Bryce Kartler (0-0, 2.53) pitched 3.1 solid innings out of the bullpen, allowing only two hits and striking out four. Redshirt freshman Aaron Klusman inherited the bases loaded, but struck out the only batter he faced to maintain his 0.00 ERA on the year. Freshman Ryan Schroyer worked a perfect ninth inning to seal the win for the Sun Devils.

ASU jumped out to the early lead with a two-run second inning. Senior Casey Myers walked and later scored on a double to center field by senior third baseman Mike Lopez. The double was his 12th of the year, already matching his 2000 total. Lopez came around to scored on double down the left field line by Allen.

The Sun Devils extended their lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the third frame. After a leadoff single by junior center fielder Chris Duffy, shortstop Brooks Conrad plated him with a triple to right field. Conrad put ASU up 4-0 when he scored on a RBI groundout by Myers.

The South Florida bats heated up in the top of the fourth to score three runs and pull to within 4-3. First baseman Mike Eylward greeted Esposito with a solo home run to deep left field to open the inning. With one out and a runner on third base, center fielder Mike Barclay hit an opposite field home run to right field to cut ASU's lead to one. Kartler (Phoenix) came out of the bullpen and struck out two batters to end the inning.

Arizona State went back on the offensive in the bottom of the fifth scoring five runs on four hits. Mel Stocker led the inning off with a single to left field and came around to score on a double by Duffy. Freshman Jeremy West plated a run with his fifth double of the year to score Duffy. After a sacrifice fly by Lopez, freshman Rod Allen connected on a 0-1 fastball and redirected it over the left field fence for his second home run of the year.

With a 2-for-3 game, Duffy extended his current hitting streak to 11 games, and has multi-hit games in five of his last six starts. After being the hitting hero Friday night with a 4-for-5 game, West added two more hits, a double and a triple, to improve his season batting average to a team-leading mark of .448 (26x58). In his last five games, the native of Las Vegas is 12-for-12 with three home runs and eight RBI.

The Sun Devils will go for their fourth series sweep of the year Sunday with the three-game series finale at noon vs. South Florida. Andy Torres (6-1) will start for the Sun Devils and go for his seventh win of 2001.

Arizona State 10, South Florida 3 (Mar 10, 2001 at Tempe, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------South Florida....... 000 300 000  -  3  7  1      (8-9)Arizona State....... 022 050 10X  - 10 10  1      (16-4-1)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: South Florida - Vigue, Fuller(6), Livingston(8).Arizona State - Esposito,Kartler(4), Klusman(7), Pezely(8), Schroyer(9).Win-Esposito(1-0)  Loss-Vigue(1-2)  T-2:39  A-1697HR USF - Eylward (4), Barclay (2), HR ASU - Allen (2).

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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